Advisory Committee

 

The FIRST Court Advisory Committee shall be established to provide input into the policies, procedures, and operations of the FIRST Court.  The committee shall meet quarterly, once the FIRST Court is in operation, and more often as the Court is being established, and serve a minimum of one year.

 

Membership

 

The specialized docket Judge will attend and chair all advisory meetings. Other members will include:  Chief Probation Officer, FIRST Court Probation Officer, representative of treatment provider, Prosecuting Attorney, a criminal defense attorney, law enforcement officer representing the MARMET Drug Task Force, Executive Director of the ADAMH Board, representatives of Narcotics Anonymous, others who have specialized knowledge or experience in drug addiction or recovery.  See Attachment 1 for a current roster of the advisory committee.  See Attachment 2 for the Agreement Among Relevant Parties.

 

Responsibilities

 

To provide assistance in implementing the Drug Docket, ensuring sustainability of the Drug Docket, and evaluating effectiveness of the Drug Docket.  

 

Implementation

 

FIRST Court committee members shall meet and discuss the creation of the FIRST Court Docket through discussing polices procedures, goals, objectives, identify target populations, entry into the program, case flow and to further discuss each agencies roles and responsibilities.

 

The advisory committee shall participate in the creation of the participant agreement that includes the rights and responsibilities of the participant in the FIRST Court Docket.

 

The advisory committee shall develop, review and agree on the legal and clinical eligibility, completion, termination and neutral discharge criteria.

 

Develop and review a community outreach and education plan

 

Community support is essential to effective operation and continued operation of a drug docket.  Towards that end, the drug docket judge and advisory committee shall assist in community education efforts.  This may include the following efforts:

 

*        Regular reports to the local community corrections planning board, opiate task force, and other groups who are involved in local drug enforcement, education, and prevention efforts.

 

*        Regular communication with treatment providers, and 12 step recovery programs.

 

*        Programs for local civic groups on the drug docket.

 

*        Use of the local media through news articles, guest editorials, and participation in local broadcast programs.

 

 

Evaluation

 

The FIRST Court probation officer shall collect data necessary to assess the various performance measures set forth for each of the goals of the drug court, as well as other relevant statistical data requested by the advisory committee.  On an annual basis, the drug court judge and advisory committee shall use this data, as well as other evidence to assess the effectiveness of the drug docket and to make recommendations for adjustments to the program in order to increase effectiveness.

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