As the first accountability court program in Hall County, Drug Court began in 2001 to provide early intervention to those with substance abuse issues. The intensive program is a minimum of 24 months in duration, and it encompasses vocational, educational, and spiritual components in conjunction with providing substance abuse treatment.
This voluntary program is a minimum two-year program and is a combination of post-plea, pre-sentence and post-adjudication depending on the offender’s criminal history and current charge. It encompasses vocational, educational, and spiritual components in conjunction with providing substance abuse treatment. Offenders who meet clinical criteria for a moderate to severe substance use disorder and qualify as high-risk/need based on validated, standardized assessment tools can qualify for the Alpha Track. Offenders who meet clinical criteria for a mild to moderate substance use disorder and qualify as moderate-risk/need can qualify for the Bravo Track. Offenders qualifying for a similar risk/need but are aged 17-25 are placed in the Charlie Track. Staff counselors using evidenced-based treatment primarily conduct treatment in-house. Drug Court contracts with local providers for treatment of the low risk/need offenders who comprise the Delta Track. These treatment groups are conducted by certified counselors using evidenced-based treatment specific to address the needs of offenders who meet clinical criteria for a mild substance use disorder.
Persons aged 18 and older arrested on drug charges must meet certain legal criteria to be considered a candidate for Drug Court. In addition to maintaining a residence in Hall County, such persons must be facing a charge of one of the following offenses:
Persons currently on Felony Probation and who are facing revocation due to noncompliance with probation conditions or have received a new offense must meet certain legal criteria to be considered for enrollment. Such persons must be deemed legally appropriate by the District Attorney’s office based on nature of offense and past criminal history.
Certain legal factors may exclude one from being eligible for the Drug Court program. These factors include:
Referrals for Drug Court participation come from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, the Gainesville Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, the Hall County Detention Center, private defense attorneys, and other accountability court programs.
Drug Court treatment groups are conducted Monday – Thursday from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Court session schedules are outlined below for the various tracks:
“After my arrest, I told my attorney I needed treatment and was able to enter the Drug Court program. I found that the structure and support of this program help people to become better versions of themselves. I now have over two years clean, have a great career path with support from my supervisors, and have rebuilt trust with my family. I’ve learned that recovery is possible and if I can quit for today, I can quit for a lifetime.”