School District And Juvenile Court Drug Program

JUVENILE COURT DRUG PROGRAM.swat_guy_german_shepard_dog_sniff_locker_pt_res.thm Students who are detained for drug violations at school are referred to the drug court program, presided over by a circuit court Judge. The director of operations for the Neosho Missouri School District praised the juvenile drug court program. He said before its implementation, student drug infractions carried suspensions from school of up to 180 days. These suspensions sometimes caused the students to loose credits and delay graduation from high school.
He said getting treatment or counseling through a drug court program could help students get at the root of their problem – an outcome which is unlikely under a policy of suspension alone. The students will stay in school and, under the court’s supervision they will receive treatment, counseling, substance abuse educational material and other forms of rehabilitation they would not otherwise receive. This approach provides accountability because it keeps all kids safe, but at the same time helps the individual kid with a drug issue to get help. In this way it’s really a “win-win” approach. A former school resource officer said he saw a lot of drug and alcohol violations at school before the program began. Now, the student offenders who are referred to drug court not only stay in school but are counseled to get at the heart of their problems, which typically run deeper than substance abuse. A student in the program regularly meets with a “drug court team” at school before or after classes to discuss issues such as attendance, grades, community service and random drug testing. There is no cost to the participating school district.
One 17 year old girl has who successfully completed the program has been drug and alcohol free for 19 months. She started dong drugs at the age of 12 with her biological mother. Eventually she was showing up “high” at school every morning. In the drug court program she stayed in school and took twice-weekly classes at night that covered “a little bit of everything” including drug recovery, family dynamics and goal setting. She is now senior in high school and plans to attend college after her graduation.
According to the National Drug Court Resource Association there 1,438 adult and 458 juvenile drug court programs in the United States as of 2012. The association reports that 75% of all drug court graduates remain arrest free two years after leaving the program. Missouri is a leader in drug courts with about 75 adult and 24 juvenile drug court programs.

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