The mission of the Adult Treatment Court Collaborative (ATCC) program is to serve this community by addressing the problems of individuals who have substance abuse, mental health or co-occurring disorders and have involvement in the criminal justice system. By eliminating a person’s desire to use drugs and alcohol and by stabilizing the symptoms of their mental illness, we reduce their likelihood of re-arrest or involvement in more serious cases. This reduces recidivism rates, reduces the overall crime rates and gives us all a safer
The Ocmulgee Circuit ATCC is a voluntary program that offers the offender an opportunity to recover from drug/alcohol dependence and/or co-occurring disorders.
On average, the program lasts 18–24 months depending on the needs of the individual. It consists of a 4 phase intervention program, with a six month after care program. Over the course of participation in the program, participants have frequent court appearances, random urine drug screenings (UDS), individual and group counseling and medication management, if applicable. The court rewards progress with incentives for compliant behavior and participation. Sanctions are issued, but are not to be considered “punishment”. They are designed to improve the participant’s chances of successful completion of the program. The Judge orders the imposition of sanctions based upon individual behavior. An objective graduated scale is used by the Court Team to determine the appropriate sanction for each violation.
Admission is on a case-by-case basis. The pending charges must be within the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit (Baldwin, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Jones, Morgan, Putnam and Wilkinson Counties), and the participant must live in the Circuit. The participants must voluntarily agree to participate and comply with all program requirements, including attending treatment services and court. There must be a pending criminal offense. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Individuals on probation and who are arrested with a violation of supervision may participate. The individual must be physically and mentally able to participate with the program and must have a mental health, substance abuse, and/or a dual diagnosis (mental health and substance abuse issues). An Intelligence Quotient of 70 or higher is also required.