Drug Treatment Court in Forsyth County, NC
Instructions for how to get addicted criminal clients into Drug Treatment Court in Forsyth County and what to expect once they get there.
Pre-Sentence Referrals and ScreeningForsyth County Drug Treatment Court (FCDTC) is a post-plea court, meaning clients plead guilty and are given a probationary sentence in order to get into FCDTC. A condition of their probation is that they complete FCDTC. That said, there are 3 roads that lead to FCDTC: pre-sentence screening, post-sentence screening, and probation modification screening. This section discusses pre-sentence screening.
If your client is addicted to drugs or alcohol, is charged with a crime, but has not yet pled guilty, you can submit a referral form to MICHAEL GRAY at Insight Human Services and have your client screened for FCDTC before they are sentenced. The screening will determine whether substance abuse is their primary diagnosis and whether they are otherwise an appropriate and willing candidate for FCDTC. If so, the FCDTC team consisting of the judge, probation officers, treatment provider, and defense attorney will vote to accept them into the court.
Once your client is provisionally accepted into FCDTC, you can return to court, tell the judge your client has been provisionally accepted, and ask that the judge sentence your client to a probationary sentence requiring participation of FCDTC.
Once the judge sentences your client to FCDTC, one of the two FCDTC probation officers is assigned to the case and your client will begin participating in FCDTC on the very next FCDTC court date (every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month).
Post-Sentence Referrals and ScreeningUPDATE: AS OF 2/9/18, THERE WILL BE NO MORE POST-SENTENCE SCREENINGS OR REFERRALS TO DTC.
If your client wants to participate in FCDTC, you must send a referral form to Insight to have them screened; they must be screened; and they must be staffed and approved by the DTC team BEFORE they are sentenced into DTC.
If you have not done that by the day of sentencing, consider asking for a continuance to get it done.
Probation Modification Referrals and ScreeningIf your addicted client is currently facing a probation violation, their probation can be modified by a judge to require that they be screened for FCDTC and, if accepted, to participate.
AS OF 2/9/18, REFERRALS, SCREENING, AND PROVISIONAL ACCEPTANCE BY THE DTC TEAM MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE SENTENCING INTO DTC AT A PROBATION VIOLATION HEARING.
What Clients Should Expect Once Accepted to FCDTCFCDTC is a supervised probationary sentence with an intense treatment component to get them better. Participants should expect the following:
- They will be assigned a probation officer who will check on them and drug test them several times each week
- They will wear a radio monitor on their ankle to monitor compliance with curfew
- They will be ordered to attend treatment classes as assigned. Usually there are several per week
- They will be drug tested by Insight as well as probation
- The minimum time requirement for FCDTC is 12 months
- They will report to court in 4A of the FC Courthouse on the first and third Friday of every month at 2:00pm
- Non-compliance with court requirements (failed drug tests, missed curfews, new charges, etc) are punishable by sanctions that include writing assignments, community service hours, and possibly jail time
- Compliance is rewarded with incentives such as gift cards, lengthened curfews, movie passes, etc
Factors Considered In Accepting / Rejecting FCDTC ReferralsThe only deal-breakers for FCDTC are (1) that clients must be Forsyth County residents; (2) that they must be at least 18 years old and not currently in high school; and (3) that clients may not be registered sex offenders due to Insight's proximity to a daycare. Other factors considered but not necessarily dispositive in the acceptance process are:
- Whether the client has pending charges in this or other counties that may result in active time affecting their ability to participate in FCDTC
- Whether substance abuse is their primary diagnosis
- Whether they present as willing to participate in FCDTC
- Whether they either have stable housing or are willing to work toward getting it with help from Insight