Key Component One: Integrate alcohol and other drug
treatment services with justice system case processing. Drug Court works with the Probation Department, the District Attorney (DA) and Public Defender’s (PD) Offices, community-based treatment providers, city and county law enforcement agencies, public and faith-based programs.
Key Component Two: Use a non-adversarial approach, promote public safety and protects participants’ due process rights – The DA and PD Offices devote full-time staff to work in the Drug Courts. Attorneys participate in discussions to develop individual plans that promote safety and due process for all Drug Court Services clients.
Key Component Three: Identify participants early and promptly place them in drug treatment and rehabilitation programs – The court refers defendants to Drug Court Services to meet with a specialist for immediate assessment/interview and placement in outpatient or residential treatment programs.
Key Component Four: Provide access to a continuum of alcohol, drug, and related treatment and rehabilitation services. Participants are offered a wide spectrum of treatment options, largely provided by licensed community-based organizations (CBOs) operating under contract to Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACBHCS). Participants may also participate in faith-based treatment programs.