The mission of Whatcom County Recovery Court (formerly Drug Court) is to reduce crime and improve the quality of life and safety in our community by fostering long-term change in individuals living with a substance use disorder. Whatcom County Recovery Court accomplishes this mission by providing intensive case management services to include: frequent urinalysis testing, effective substance use disorder treatment, referrals to medical, dental, and behavioral health providers, employment and/or education support, and recovery supportive housing.
How are Recovery Courts Effective?
Across the nation, Recovery Courts are becoming a focus in communities as a method to reduce recidivism and the high cost of substance use related crime. Since their inception in 1989, Recovery Courts have proven to reduce crime and operate in a more cost-effective manner than the traditional court system.
The 10 Key Components of Recovery Courts
Recovery Courts integrate treatment for substance use disorders with justice system case processing.
Using a non-adversarial approach, prosecution and defense counsel promote public safety wile protecting participants' due process.
Eligible participants are identified early and promptly places in the Recovery Court program.
Recovery Courts provide access to a continuum of substance use disorder and other related treatment and recovery services.
Abstinence is monitored by frequent urinalysis testing.
A coordinated strategy governs Recovery Court responses to participants' compliance.
Ongoing judicial interaction with each Recovery Court participant is essential.
Monitoring and evaluation measure the achievement of the program goals and gauge effectiveness.