"Changing Thoughts, Changing Lives"
The Conasauga Drug Court Program began in February, 2002 and provides the opportunity for drug treatment under the supervision of the Conasauga Circuit Superior Court. The Conasauga Drug Court strives to reduce substance abuse, crime and recidivism by providing intensive supervision, treatment and judicial accountability for participants.
The Conasauga Drug Court is a demanding program that holds its participants accountable for their own actions. The program consist of required treatment sessions, hearings and random drug screens. Drug Court consist of a team that includes Judge Jim Wilbanks, representatives from the District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender and defense bar, local law enforcement agencies, State Probation Office, Drug and Alcohol Treatment Team, and the Program Coordinator.
Request for Entry:
Anyone can make a referral to Drug Court. Referrals are screened through the District Attorney’s office and can be made by phone or by referral form
Screening is conducted in the early stages of Drug Court and typically precedes assessment and other diagnostic activities.
The District Attorney reviews the case to decide if the prospective participant meets predetermined eligibility requirements. They will then refer the candidate to the Drug Court Coordinator for further screening. The Drug Court Coordinator uses assessment tools to complete the screening process
After the screening is completed, the entire Drug Court team uses information gathered during screening to determine the admissibility of the candidate to the program.
Each participant will be required to attend weekly treatment meetings and groups, complete phases and show forward progress, provide testable urine/saliva/hair samples for drug screening, pay weekly participant fees and attend Court as required.
Each participant will be required to work, pay child support, perform community service, allow for home visits from surveillance and follow all additional requirement of the Drug Court contract.
Drug Court Phases
PHASE I - 12 weeks minimum; Treatment sessions 5 days per week; random drug tests. Court appearances every week. Program fee of $32.00 per week.
PHASE II - 14 weeks; Treatment sessions 3 days per week; random drug tests. Court appearances every week. Program fee of $32.00 per week.
PHASE III - 26 weeks; Treatment sessions 2 days per week; random drug tests. Court appearance every 2 weeks. Program fee of $32.00 per week.
PHASE IV - 26 weeks; Treatment session 2 days per week; random drug tests. Court appearance every 3 weeks. Program fee of $32.00 per week.
Phase V - 26 weeks; Treatment session 2 day every week; random drug tests. Court appearance a minimum of once every 4 weeks. Program fee of $32.00 per week.