Drug Treatment Court

Drug Treatment Court Program

What is Drug Treatment Court?

The Drug Treatment Court (DTC) Program is a supervised, post-sentence treatment program for non-violent offenders struggling with addiction that helps them establish and maintain a sober and productive life. Each DTC is overseen by a team made up of a presiding judge, court professionals, and community agency representatives.

MRJC provides a program coordinator/case manager for each county’s DTC. The program lasts a minimum of one year and includes drug testing, individual and group counseling, case management, attendance at community support meetings, and court appearances before a designated judge.

DTC in the North Carolina High Country

DTC is available in every county in the 24th Judicial District: Avery, Madison, Mitchell, Watauga, and Yancey Counties. In late 2018, after operating in Avery and Watauga counties for over a decade, the 24th JD DTCs expanded to establish DTC programs in Madison, Mitchell, and Yancey counties. The five-county 24th JD Drug Treatment Courts make up nearly 25% of the NC counties that offer Adult DTCs.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Drug Treatment Court is to reduce substance abuse related deaths and crimes by identifying users, providing effective treatment, and monitoring compliance. This will reduce societal costs by providing alternatives to incarceration, encouraging family preservation, and holding offenders accountable, thereby allowing them to become productive members of society.
Judge
“I found my self-worth and I find joy in the little things again. I didn’t have to do this alone. I see this program as a gift.”
Program Graduate

What Happens During DTC?

Participants move through four phases, lasting a minimum total of one year, before completing and graduating from the program. These four phases require regular meetings with their case manager, probation officer, and treatment group; attendance at bi-weekly court sessions; engagement with community supports; and random drug screening. Participants have access to services such as inpatient/outpatient behavioral health treatment, medical services, 12 step programs, GED and continuing education services, employment referral assistance, and community services referral assistance.

MRJC is honored to work alongside our DTC partners, including the staff of the 35th Prosecutorial District, District Court Judges of the 24th Judicial District, 24th JD Probation/Parole Officers and staff, Daymark and RHA, defense attorneys, local law enforcement agencies, and MANY other community and agency partners who serve in and support these programs.

Drug Treatment Courts often borrow the courtroom phrase, “All Rise!” to refer to the idea that if one among us rises to overcome the barriers to a prosocial, healthy, and productive life, we are all lifted up; therefore we all rise. Please join us in supporting this important program. All Rise!

Contact Us

Marisa Cornell
DTC Director & Watauga Coordinator
marisa.mrjc@gmail.com

Vanessa Henley
Avery & Mitchell Coordinator
vanessahenley.mrjc@gmail.com

Angie Fox-Holtzapple
Yancey & Madison Coordinator
angie.mrjc@gmail.com

Mediation & Restorative Justice Center, Inc.

133 N. Water Street, Suite B
Boone, NC 28607
828-264-3040

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Mediation Services to the Western North Carolina communities of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey counties..
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Why Drug Treatment Court?
DTC fosters recovery and saves lives. According to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), the average national treatment completion rate for treatment courts is nearly 60%, approximately two-thirds higher than probation. Treatment courts advocate for the value of every human life and work to reduce stigma surrounding substance use disorders. According to the NADCP, treatment courts produce benefits of $6,208 per participant, returning up to $27 for every $1 invested. Drug Treatment Courts have led to further criminal justice reforms such as incarceration alternatives, diversion programs, and sentencing reforms.
About MRJC
Providing Mediation and Restorative Justice Services within the Western North Carolina Communities of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey Counties.
Mediation & Restorative Justice Center, Inc.
133 N. Water Street, Suite B
Boone, NC 28607
We are looking to donors like you to help us provide these life-changing services. Every donation, no matter how small, helps. Thank you for supporting MRJC, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.