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Greenup/Lewis Drug Court to celebrate National Drug Court Month with graduation ceremony May 10, 2013

Friday, 05 03, 2013

Leigh Anne Hiatt, APR
Public Information Officer
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Cell 859-619-7916
lhiatt@kycourts.net
http://courts.ky.gov

The Greenup/Lewis Drug Court will celebrate National Drug Court Month by holding a graduation ceremony for 11 participants who have completed the comprehensive drug treatment program. This will the 11th graduation ceremony since the program began operating in 2002.

The ceremony is open to the public and will take place at noon on Friday, May 10, 2013, at First United Methodist Church, 607 Main St., Greenup. Those invited to attend include law enforcement officers, elected officials, attorneys and representatives of drug treatment facilities. 
Circuit Judge Robert Conley, who volunteers his time to conduct Drug Court proceedings for the Greenup/Lewis program, will preside over the graduation ceremony. Erin Bohannon, program supervisor for the Bullitt County Drug Court program, will be the guest speaker.

The National Association of Drug Court Professionals hosts National Drug Court Month each May. This year’s theme is “Drug Courts: A Proven Budget Solution.”

“The uplifting graduation ceremony is evidence of the tremendous impact the Greenup/Lewis Drug Court has had on our community,” Circuit Judge Conley said. “This will send a powerful message that Drug Court has a long-lasting, positive effect on the lives of participants and their families.”

Greenup/Lewis Drug Court Program
There are currently 47 participants in the Greenup/Lewis County program, which has graduated192 participants since 2002. Andy Harris is the program supervisor, Moteika Roberts is the recovery coordinator, and Arlene Hampton and Kevin Hilger are case specialists.

In 2010, the National Drug Court Institute named Greenup/Lewis Drug Court as one of only 10 Mentor Adult Treatment Courts in the nation, a designation that will last for three years. Mentor courts help develop, identify and test national best practices for treating adult substance-abusing offenders through adult Drug Courts. They also serve as mentors for entities interested in starting an adult Drug Court and for existing programs that want to learn about the latest practices in addressing adult substance abuse. The NDCI is a branch of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, which provides training and technical assistance to the Drug Court field.

About Drug Court
Drug Court is administered through the Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort and oversees 55 adult Drug Court programs that serve 115 counties. Drug Court is a division of the AOC’s Department of Statewide Services.

The mission is to provide a treatment alternative closely supervised by the court that stops illicit drug use and related criminal activity and promotes a positive life change through substance abuse education and treatment.

Drug Court has proven to be a positive solution to a serious social problem. The success of Drug Court can be measured in the number of lives changed and the cost savings to Kentucky taxpayers. The program has had a significant impact on reducing rearrest, reconviction and reincarceration rates. It has also resulted in increased payment of delinquent child support and improved employment rates. For every $1 spent on Drug Court graduates, the state saves $2.72 on what it would have spent on incarcerating those individuals.

How Drug Court Works
Drug Court coordinates the efforts of the judiciary, prosecution, defense bar, probation, law enforcement, mental health, social services and treatment communities to intervene and break the cycle of substance abuse, addiction and crime.

The program consists of three phases that are followed by aftercare. Drug Court staff and participants work together to develop individual program plans with specific responsibilities and goals with timetables. Plans include group, family and individual counseling; frequent and random urine testing; education and vocational training; scheduled payments of restitution, child support and court fees; and health and community activities. Participants report directly to their Drug Court judge, who rewards progress and sanctions noncompliance.

When participants successfully complete the program, charges may be dismissed through diversion or conditional discharge may be granted through probation. Judges who participate in Drug Court volunteer their time to the program. Most of the program’s funding comes from state funds approved through the Kentucky General Assembly.

For more information about Drug Court, visit http://courts.ky.gov/courtprograms/drugcourt/Pages/default.aspx or contact the Greenup/Lewis Drug Court at 606-473-0769 or 606-796-0783.

Administrative Office of the Courts
The AOC is the operations arm for the state court system and supports the activities of nearly 3,300 court system employees and 403 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks. As the fiscal agent for the state court system, the AOC executes the Judicial Branch budget.

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