Eligible persons are adults 17 years of age or older, either male or female. They must have a felony arrest for drug possession or other alcohol or drug-related charges. The person must be eligible for treatment as a first-time offender and must be a legal resident of the Conasauga Judicial Circuit (Murray or Whitfield counties).
- The defendant is classified as a violent offender as defined under federal guidelines. The federal guidelines prohibit violent offenders from participation in any drug court program receiving federal funds directly or indirectly, which includes this program. As defined, a violent offender is one who at any time:
- Carried, possessed, or used a firearm or other weapon
- Caused a victim to suffer some physical harm as a result of a crime
- Was convicted of or currently charged with a felony offense in which the use of force is involved
- The defendant appears to be a drug dealer, as evidenced by prior or current charges of trafficking, manufacturing, distributing, or selling controlled substances, with an indication of profiteering.
- The defendant was convicted or currently charged with burglary or a sexual crime.
- The defendant has outstanding warrants from other jurisdictions that cannot be cleared prior to admission.
Suitable participants will have a willingness to participate in the program and a clinical diagnosis of substance dependence with treatment at the intensive outpatient level of care, as indicated by the court-approved assessment process. The drug court team must recommend the participant prior to entry.
Participants will not be allowed in the program if they have a diagnosis of a mental illness which precludes the defendant from participation in an insight-oriented alcohol or drug treatment program. Participants will also be disqualified if they have a diagnosis of a medical condition which precludes participation in requirements integral to the program.