Adult Treatment Court

The mission of the Jackson County Adult Treatment Court (JCATC) is to eliminate drug and alcohol use by the participants in an effort to restore their self-worth and productivity. Recovery from the disease of alcohol and drug dependence is a difficult process that requires commitment, honesty, openness and willingness.

 Involvement in the Adult Treatment Court is very different for the defendant than being sentenced to a term of probation.  This program is for those individuals who are ready to be actively involved in making life changes, which will sustain abstinence and foster their growth and development in all areas. The Treatment Court Team consists of a Circuit Court Judge, Court Coordinator, Case Manager(s), Recovery Coach, Treatment Providers, Law Enforcement and Probation Agents. A member of the Prosecutor’s Office and a Defense Attorney are also part of the Team, which jointly makes decisions in regards to the Court’s response to the participant’s progress. 

JCATC targets adult offenders who are high risk - high need, i.e. those who are substance dependent and at risk of failing in less intensive programs. JCATC uses validated risk and needs assessment tools appropriate for addicted individuals in SUD treatment or the criminal justice system, including the Ohio Risk Assessment System (ORAS) and COMPAS. It is the goal of the JCATC to fill a gap in the criminal justice system by providing services for drug and alcohol dependent offenders charged with possession, drunk driving, theft, property crime, and non-violent offenses driven by alcohol/drug addiction. These identified offenders do not respond to traditional corrections programs such as standard probation and/or those who are habitually rearrested for new or similar violations. Every client that is accepted into the program meets one or more of these categories. 

Eligibility requirements are as follows; must be a Jackson County resident; age 18 or older; plead guilty to charge(s); not on probation/parole in another jurisdiction; has not participated in the JCATC within prior 3 years; offense must be related to use of drugs and/or alcohol. Working closely with the Office of the Prosecutor to protect public safety,  prior record shall not include CSC 1st, 2nd, or 3rd degree; any assaultive felony; more than two delivery, manufacture, or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance charges; any felony offense involving a firearm.  Current charge(s) shall not include any offense involving death or serious bodily injury to an individual whether or not any of the circumstances are an element of the offense, or an offense that is criminal sexual conduct of any degree in accordance with MCL 600.1060(g); any assaultive felony; any felony offense involving a firearm

 All Treatment Court participants will be involved in a comprehensive and integrated program of substance use disorder treatment and rehabilitation services, to be supervised by the Treatment Court Judge. The program requires a minimum participation of 12- months, four phases, before applying for program completion/graduation.  A person can also serve more time in these phases if he or she does not comply with program requirements. 

During participation in the program, a person will be required to attend substance use/disorder treatment, which can include detox, residential, intensive out-patient and out-patient therapy. They will also be expected to submit to regular, random and observed drug screenings, attend a minimum of five 12-Step/mutual-aid meetings per week, report to assigned probation agent as directed and attend Treatment Court status hearings before the judge twice per month during the first and second phases and one time per month during the third and fourth phases.

Thank you for taking the time to read this information guide and we wish you good luck on your recovery journey.