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Recent News

Katie Bruner serves as the Coordinator for Hall County DUI Court. For the past 10 years working for Treatment Services, she has shown a keen desire and professional commitment to provide valuable services to citizens in our community who are struggling with addiction. Her aspirations to see our community thrive goes beyond her profession as she is often found volunteering or coordinating events to benefit all citizens of our town. Recently, Katie and her family were interviewed by 11 Alive news regarding the PPE masks that have been making for Northeast Georgia Health Systems. Katie demonstrates a kind and generous spirit and never seeks recognition for her efforts or good deeds. This is one of many endeavors she has taken on that truly makes a positive impact on our community as a whole! To watch Katie's story visit 11 Alive at the link below.

To read an article and watch a video about this special event, please visit the following link: https://www.11alive.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/it-shows-the-power-...84bb-c0822c5702c3.

100th Drug Court Graduation Ceremony

The Northeastern Judicial Circuit celebrated its 100th Drug Court Graduation Ceremony on January 31, 2020. In attendance were not only drug court graduates and their families, but several speakers including former Governor Nathan Deal, former program Director of Treatment Mike Devine and Senior Superior Court Judge John Girardeau, who started the program in 2001.

To read an article and watch a video about this special event, please visit the following link: https://accesswdun.com/article/...court-celebrates-100th-commencement-ceremony.

A special thank you to all those that help make this program a success and congratulations to all the graduates past, present, and future!

December kept Santa’s elves very busy in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit. Participants of the Hall and Dawson County accountability courts, along with their families, were treated to a Christmas Party hosted by the local non-profit organization Friends of Recovery. Each year, Friends of Recovery puts together a large scale event including dinner, musical entertainment, door prize giveaways, pictures with Santa, and presents for children. On December 17, the Dawson County Friends of Recovery chapter partnered with New Life Baptist Church to serve a home-cooked meal to over 100 participants and their families. Santa made his arrival and provided each child with a stuffed animal donated by local board members. On December 19, the Hall County Friends of Recovery chapter had their turn to serve close to 800 people at First Baptist Church in Gainesville. The judges and program team members donned an apron and served a full meal provided by local restaurants to each participant and their family members. Thanks to donations from our local Kiwanis chapter, over 300 children were able to unwrap a present from Santa that evening and a family picture was taken to preserve the memory.

For many program participants, the holiday season spent during their time in an accountability court is the first sober holiday they have had in many years. Watching participants and their families enjoy their time together is truly heartwarming. These events bring everyone together and provide an opportunity for lasting memories to be created. The accountability courts of Hall and Dawson Counties are very fortunate to have the support of Friends of Recovery. Along with the annual Christmas parties, Friends of Recovery sponsors pro-social events for accountability court participants as well as community events which provide awareness surrounding recovery. Additionally, Friends of Recovery provides financial assistance to program participants who face hardships through interest free loans. Program participants are provided the opportunity to rebuild productive and meaningful lives while enriching our community as a whole through involvement in these events. All of this is made possible through the generous support of local businesses and individuals who recognize the value of supporting recovery efforts in our community and teaching recovering individuals and their families how to spend healthy, sober time together.

The Christmas parties of 2019 were a huge success and we are excited to see what 2020 has in store!

The Northeastern Judicial Circuit is proud to announce the honoring of Ms. Heather Herrington, Assistant Director of Treatment Services. Ms. Herrington was honored with an Outstanding Achievement award by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. Ms. Herrington was recognized for her commitment to her profession, her dedication to clinical excellence, and for the positive impact she has on the lives of participants in the program. The NEJC’s Director of Treatment Services, Jessi Emmett said, “I am so happy to see (Heather) recognized for her hard work…she exemplifies the standards of our profession and is an influential mentor. She dedicates herself to helping those struggling with substance abuse or mental health issues and is a wonderful example to other counselors.” With an extensive background in both professional and addiction counseling, Ms. Herrington has served the NEJC since 2006 in various roles, most recently taking the position of Assistant Director in 2019. When asked about being recognized Ms. Herrington said, “It was really an unexpected honor.” Herrington said she takes her role as a provider very seriously and that it is important to her that the clients participating in the program be receiving the highest quality of service from its clinicians. The NEJC is excited to announce her latest achievement and is proud to call her part of their team.

The Northeastern Judicial Circuit’s very own, Jason Bennett, was recently honored by the Council of Accountability Court Judges during their 2019 training conference. Mr. Bennett is the recipient of the Star Award, having been only one of eight individuals in the State to receive such a prestigious award. Mr. Bennett was selected as an award winner for his humble dedication and work as a H.E.L.P Program Coordinator. The NEJC’s Chief Superior Court Judge, Kathlene F. Gosselin, who presides over the program, said, “Jason has true skills in treatment…I have come to rely on him for his judgment (in the program). His star shines brightly on all of us.” Chris van Rossem, Assistant Public Defender, says of Mr. Bennett, “His dedication to helping not only our team, but also all of our participants, to reach the highest levels of potential is unmatched.” Both Gosselin and van Rossem agree that more times than not participants of the program name him as their favorite part of the process. Upon receiving the Star Award Mr. Bennett said, “I think this award is a bigger demonstration of the team work that incorporates the H.E.L.P. Program. I am very humbled to have received this award.” The NEJC would like to thank Jason for having a humble spirit and for his dedication to the H.E.L.P program.