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Supreme Court Problem Solving Court Advisory Committee accredits eight Colorado treatment courts - Eleven courts now accredited statewide

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

DENVER – The Colorado Supreme Court recently accredited eight of Colorado’s problem solving treatment courts for implementing outstanding evidence-based and proven practices. 

“Colorado’s problem solving court programs continue to make great strides and all of those involved in these programs are to be commended for their dedication to researching, developing and implementing the best treatment practices,” Chief Justice Nathan B. Coats said. “I am very pleased with the work being accomplished and continue to support these efforts.”

The accreditation signifies that a court has proven a demonstrated fidelity to evidence-based and proven practices, and that its work is true to the fundamental practices for problem solving courts as outlined in the Colorado Problem Solving Court Standards for Adult Criminal Drug Courts and DUI Courts.

The courts accredited include:

  • 2nd Judicial District Denver County Sobriety Court
  • 4th Judicial District Family Treatment Court 
  • 5th Judicial District Lake County Sobriety Court 
  • 7th Judicial District Montrose Adult Treatment Court
  • 16th Judicial District Integrated Treatment Court
  • 17th Judicial District Adams County Family Treatment Court  
  • 19th Judicial District Weld County Adult Treatment Court 
  • 22nd Judicial Treatment DUI Court Program

To pursue accreditation, a program applies to the Colorado Supreme Court Problem Solving Court Advisory Committee for review. After submission, the Advisory Committee may conduct a site visit to the program and may request additional information from the applicant. Following a review of the application, additional questions and a site visit, the Committee votes on whether to recommend accreditation. The Committee’s recommendation to accredit a program is sent to the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court for approval. Once approved by the Chief Justice, the accreditation lasts for five years, with subsequent re-accreditation every three years thereafter. 

Nearly 80 problem-solving courts are in operation around Colorado including adult and juvenile drug courts, family treatment drug courts, DUI courts, adult and juvenile mental health courts, veteran trauma courts, and truancy courts. For more information on problem solving courts, or to review the description of the accreditation program or the accreditation application, readers can visit www.coloradoproblemsolvingcourts.org

Editor’s note: Additional information regarding each of these courts is included below.

2nd Judicial District Denver County Sobriety Court

Start Date: October 2011

Presiding Judge: Hon. Magistrate Melissa Annis

Mission Statement: The mission of the Denver County Sobriety Court is to provide an effective, efficient, judicially supervised, accountable, systemic process to address addiction, offender success, and recovery.

Graduates: 343

Active participants: 146

4th Judicial District Family Treatment Drug Court

Start Date: July 2002

Presiding Judge: Hon. Jami Vigil

Mission Statement: Safe Caregivers. Healthy Families. The Fourth Judicial District Family Treatment Drug Court strives to keep families together while parents complete substance abuse treatment and participate in other services meant to assist the family in making safe and healthy decisions.

Graduates: 166 (since 2013)

Active participants: 60

5th Judicial District Lake County Sobriety Court

Start Date: July 2010

Presiding Judge:  Hon. Jonathan Shamis

Mission Statement: To assist offenders in the criminal justice system who are struggling with substance abuse to become productive, sober, law-abiding members of the community. We are committed to: protecting public safety, holding clients accountable, reducing recidivism, implementation of the Ten Key Components of Drug Court, and providing structure, treatment, and the support necessary for change.

Graduates: 41

Active participants: 11

7th Judicial District Montrose Adult Treatment Court

Start Date: March 2000

Presiding Judge: Hon. Mary Deganhart

Mission Statement:  The mission of the 7th Judicial District Problem Solving Courts is to be part of a continuum of services to assist qualified Defendants in initiating and sustaining positive long-term life style changes, especially those related to living free from criminal behavior and substance misuse.

Graduates: 4 (since 2015)

Active participants:16

16th Judicial District Integrated Treatment Court

Start Date: February 2009

Presiding Judge: Hon. Mark MacDonnell

Mission Statement: To combine effective substance abuse treatment and intensive judicial supervision to assist the participant in choosing a law abiding, drug-free way of life.

Graduates: 30

Active participants: 7

17th Judicial District Adams County Family Treatment Court

Start Date: November 2004

Presiding Judge: Hon. Kathy Delgado

Mission Statement: The Family Treatment Court improves the safety and welfare of children and reunifies families by promoting the recovery of parents from alcohol and drug abuse through personal accountability and enhanced access to comprehensive treatment services.

Graduates: 97

Active participants: 22

19th Judicial District Weld County Adult Treatment Court

Start Date: September 2008

Presiding Judge: Hon. Tim Kerns

Mission Statement: The mission of the Weld County Adult Treatment Court is to reduce crime by integrating substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, intensive supervision and judicial oversight; by promoting public safety, individual responsibility and improving the quality of life for our community.

Graduates: 95

Active participants: 37

22nd Judicial District DUI Court Program

Start Date: August 2007

Presiding Judge: Hon. Jennilynn Lawrence

Mission Statement: To provide an intensive period of probation, treatment, and court supervision designed to address alcohol abuse or addiction in defendants convicted of repeated impaired driving offenses. The DUI Court Program uses a team-based approach to more effectively aid rehabilitation, with the goal of preventing any future occurrence of impaired driving.

Graduates:44

Active participants: 8

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