What is Juvenile Drug Court?
The Juvenile Drug Court program, also known as the STEP program, is a diversion program for youth involved in the juvenile justice system who have a substance abuse issue.
Who is Eligible to Participate?
This program may be an option for juveniles ages 14-17 years old. The age limit is based upon the juvenile’s age at the time of admission to the program, not at the time of the offense. Juveniles who have been charged with a sex offense, maintain gang affiliations, or have a history of drug sales or violent offenses may not be eligible to participate.
What are the Program Requirements of Juvenile Drug Court?
The STEP program includes regular drug testing, individual and group counseling, mental health counseling, regular court appearances, and community supervision.
The length of the program varies depending on the specific circumstances for each participant. At a minimum, the program is 90 days. For those assigned to participate in the 90 day program, failure to attend all required meetings and court appearances, or failure to complete the program requirements as directed can result in the program being extend.
For those assigned to a longer course of treatment, the program can range in length from six to nine months. For those assigned to participate in the longer six to nine month program, failure to attend all requires meetings and court appearance, or failure to complete the program requirements as directed can result in the juvenile being referred to other in-patient drug treatment programs.
How Much Does Juvenile Drug Court Cost?
Costs for this program are paid by insurance and supplemented by the Court. Outside services, fees for missed appointments, or sanctions for noncompliance with court orders may result in out of pocket expenses for the juvenile participant.
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