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Moffat County Drug Court to graduate three participants

Thursday, September 11, 2014

CRAIG, Colo. – The 14th Judicial District Drug Court in Moffat County is pleased to announce that three participants are scheduled to graduate from the program on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at 5 p.m. This marks 13 participants graduated from the program since it was launched in January 2008.

            Since its inception, 14th Judicial District Chief Judge Michael A. O’Hara, III has presided over the Moffat county Drug Court program; in addition, Moffat County Court Judge Sandra Gardner regularly participates in the program.

            “I continue to be impressed with the success of our drug court participants in Moffat County,” Chief Judge O’Hara said. “The program works for those willing to embrace it, and the participants, graduates and court staff are to be commended for their hard work and dedication.”

            Following Tuesday’s graduation, there will be four participants enrolled in the Moffat County Drug Court. Program participants receive intensive supervision, treatment and judicial oversight. The objective of this problem-solving court is to reduce future criminal activity and provide treatment options for offenders with substance dependence while promoting public safety.

            The Moffat County Drug Court is a collaborative effort within the 14th Judicial District and includes the Court, Probation Department, Office of the District Attorney, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, Craig Police Department and local treatment providers from Yampa Valley Counseling and Mindsprings Health.  In addition, C.O.M.A. (Communities Overcoming Methamphetamine Abuse) which subsequently disbanded was instrumental in the formation and support of the drug court in Moffat County for many years.

            The graduation celebration is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. in Courtroom 1 of the Moffat County Courthouse (221 W. Victory Way, Craig, CO 81625). The court’s docket and graduation celebration are open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the graduation.      

Colorado is home to more than 70 problem-solving courts operating in each of the state’s 22 judicial districts. Such courts include adult and juvenile drug courts, family/dependency and neglect courts, DUI courts, adult and juvenile mental health courts and veteran trauma courts.

            Media is welcome to bring cameras for the graduation. For more information, please contact Valerie MacDonald at 970-824-7304 extension 311.

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