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DHS news release

May 4, 2006


(DHS is circulating this news advisory as a courtesy to the Oregon Association of Drug Court Professionals.)


Judge, drug court graduates to speak at May 12 event in Portland




Event: Annual Oregon Association of Drug Court Professionals (OADCP) Statewide Event. (Speakers and event details are listed below.)


Where: Multnomah Building, Commissioners Boardroom, first floor, 501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., Portland.


When: May 12, 2006, 11 a.m.


Contact: Heather Jefferis, OADCP Secretary (503) 655-8495


History


The Oregon Association of Drug Court Professionals is dedicated to reducing substance abuse, crime and recidivism by promoting and advocating for the establishment and continued support of drug court programs in the state of Oregon.
Drug Courts are collaborative intensive supervision programs comprised of the State Court, District Attorneys Office, local defense attorneys, treatment providers and various branches of law enforcement. Dependent on the needs of the particular program, DHS and a multitude of community services (private and public) also work closely with Drug Courts. Drug Courts efficiently use existing resources to monitor, support and treat participants. Across the state 70 percent to 80 percent of participants in programs were regular methamphetamine users. Although the majority of participants' primary drug of choice is meth, most have a history of polysubstance abuse and dependence including alcohol and other drugs. The Drug Court model has shown improved rates of success over typical treatment, particularly with this difficult population. The most recent documented rate of recidivism for Drug Court graduates in Oregon programs is ten percent. The criteria for this rate are defined as a new misdemeanor or felony charge occurring within one year of the date of graduation. Currently in the State of Oregon there are 21 Adult Drug Courts, nine Juvenile Drug Courts, three Family Courts, five Mental Health Courts and two Repeat Offender DUII Courts.


Event Program: This year our annual event is a multiple court graduation.


Speakers

  • Alumni from Malheur Adult Drug Court and Washington County Adult Drug Court.
  • We are pleased to announce Clackamas County Circuit Court Judge Ron Thom will speak to the topic of recovery and beyond. Judge Thom shares a unique perspective as both a judge of a treatment court and as a person in recovery.
  • OADCP President Judge Robert Selander will officiate.

Graduates


Benton County Adult Drug Court, Clackamas County Adult Drug Court, Clackamas County Family Drug Court, Marion County Drug Court and Multnomah County STOP Court will each be presenting participants for graduation. Judges from each program will briefly introduce their program and graduating participants.


Reception


Cake and refreshments will be available along with a display of program information from around the state. Display and informational items will include Drug Court participant art and writing, updates from a statewide perspective and individual Drug Courts.