The mission of the Eleventh Judicial District Court Juvenile Drug Court in San Juan County, is to work in cooperation with the appropriate community and governmental agencies in order to reduce recidivism and substance use/abuse and improve academic and/or employment status among adjudicated youth.
Goals and Objectives
The Goals and Objectives of the Eleventh Judicial District Juvenile Drug Court is to:
- Reduce recidivism.
- Enhance self-esteem by developing responsibility and accountability in juvenile offenders.
- Provide intensive outpatient substance abuse counseling for youth in our community, to include: individual, group and family sessions.
- Monitor program participants through urinalysis and regular reporting regarding treatment and academic progress.
- Increase accountability through frequent court appearances and the use of sanctions and incentives.
- Empower participants through cognitive behavioral therapies and develop life skills through structured activities and experiential learning.
Juvenile Drug Court is a court-managed intensive outpatient treatment program open to 34 drug and alcohol users between 13 and 17 years of age who have been adjudicated in San Juan County.
The program follows the guidelines of the Office of Justice Programs "16-Key Strategies", Bureau of Justice Assistance and the New Mexico Judiciary "Drug Court Standards".
Statement of Commitment
The Eleventh Judicial District Juvenile Drug Court will:
- Provide a quality treatment program
- Respect and maintain client confidentiality
- Work cooperatively with appropriate community and juvenile justice programs and personnel to ensure the unified effort necessary to serve its participants.
- Promote sobriety as its primary focus while placing significant emphasis on emotional, educational, and occupational improvement through family functioning.
- Use cognitive behavioral therapies to develop life skills and personal accountability.
- Incorporate citizenship education into the program at every opportunity to encourage participants to live a law abiding and productive life.
- Use a system which includes rewards to reinforce positive behavior(s) and sanctions to modify poor behavior(s).
- Provide parenting skills training and support to parents of program participants.
- Record data and analyze outcome information to assist in making adjustments to enhance the program and change according to the demands of the participants.
Adjudicated juveniles with substance abuse issues are referred by one or more of the following agencies: the Court, Juvenile Probation, the District Attorney, or the child's Attorney.
Indicators of potential Drug Court qualification include but are not limited to: dirty UA;s, prior drug related offenses; history of substance abuse, self-identification, and use at the time an offense was committed.
Referrals are reviewed by members of the Drug Court staff and potential candidates for Juvenile Drug Court are sent to the Treatment Provider for formal screening. Following screening, the Treatment Provider forwards a written assessment along with DSM to the Drug Court Staff. The report is taken to the Operational Team for consideration of the clients' acceptance into the program.
If accepted the participant and their parents are enrolled into the program. During the intake parents are made party respondents to the petition and expectations in the program are clearly defined.
The idea of having a Juvenile Drug Court in San Juan County was conceived 14 years ago when the Juvenile Probation and Parole identified the need for an intensive outpatient treatment program for juveniles with substance abuse problems.
San Juan County District Court developed an advisory board. This "Juvenile Crime Enforcement Coalition" joined members of the District Court, the Public Defender's Office, The District Attorney, Juvenile Probation, local Law Enforcement Agencies, local School Districts, and others in an effort to initiate a Juvenile Drug Court Program.
Through outreach we have developed collaboration with other community agencies to effectively rehabilitate youth with substance issues.
The success of this program has led to a solid and progressive funding history from several sources including the Federal Office of Justice Planning, Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant (JAIBG) as well as supplemental and reoccurring funding from the New Mexico Legislature.