Key Components of Drug Court

What are the components of Drug Court?
The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) has set forth these 8 key elements to provide a guideline and structure format for Drug Courts in the nation.
  1. Drug Courts integrate alcohol and other drug treatment services with justice case processing
  2. Using a non-adversarial approach, prosecution and defense counsel promote public safety while protecting participants' due process rights
  3. Eligible participants are identified early and promptly placed in the Drug Court program
  4. Drug Court provides access to a continuum of alcohol, drug, and other related treatment and rehabilitation services
  5. Frequent alcohol and other drug testing to monitor abstinence
  6. A coordinated strategy governs Drug Court responses to participants' compliance
  7. Ongoing judicial interaction with each Drug Court participant is essential
  8. Clear monitoring and evaluation measures track the achievement of individual participants' program goals and gauge the effectiveness of the program
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