Drug Court is a diversion program designed for juveniles who have been placed on
either Option 4 or Option 5 for substance abuse treatment following a substance
abuse evaluation. Drug Court is a nine month program which includes intensive
outpatient drug and alcohol counseling along with diversion requirements such as
curfew, random drug screens, regular court appearances, community service, etc.
To be eligible for the Drug Court diversion program, the juvenile must be a
first time offender, live in Johnson County, and meet all diversion
requirements. When the youth completes the program successfully, their record
will indicate that the charges were dismissed.
How often does the youth meet with their Court Service Officer (CSO)?
In the Drug Court program, the youth will ideally have contact with his/her CSO
weekly. These contacts may be in court, at the Court Services office, at the
youth’s home or school, or phone conversations. Throughout the diversion, the
youth will work through three phases. During the first phase, the meetings and
court appearances may be more frequent. Contact between the CSO and youth will
decrease as the youth successfully completes each phase.
What happens if the youth does not comply with the diversion conditions?
Depending on the severity of their actions, the youth will receive sanctions for
their behavior. For example, the youth may receive additional community service
or referred to education groups for minor violations. For larger violations,
they may have their diversion revoked.
How often does each youth have to go to court while in the Drug Court program?
At the beginning of the program, the youth will attend court at least once every
other month. As they progress through the program and demonstrate positive
behavior, these appearance may become less frequent.
If you have any questions, you can e-mail the Drug Court CSO