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Drug Court

Drug Court is a four-phase intervention program for adults who have pled guilty to one or more non-violent drug offenses and who are having difficulty staying clean and sober.

It is a collaborative effort between in the Superior Court, District Attorney's Office, defense attorneys, police agencies, probation and drug treatment programs. By working together, we seek to provide a variety of programs and consistent supervision geared toward supporting and helping you maintain a drug-free life. Drug Court involves frequent court appearances, random drug testing, as well as group and individual counseling. The Drug Court awards incentives for compliant behavior and imposes sanctions for undesirable behavior. Participants who do not comply with the rules may be: placed in short-term custody, moved back to the previous phase of drug court, and/or a variety of other sanctions. Participants may also be terminated from Drug Court.

The Drug Court Judge will make all decisions regarding to participation in the Drug Court Program with input from the Drug Court Team. In addition to the Judge, the Drug Court Team consists of the following members:

  • Defense Attorney
  • District Attorney
  • Drug Court Coordinator / Drug Court Case Manager
  • Treatment Provider (GRN)
  • Surveillance Officer
  • Probation Services

Prior to each Drug Court session, the Drug Court Team members familiarize themselves with every participant's progress and set-backs so that they may discuss that progress during the Drug Court session.

Drug Court Forms and Participant Handbook


If you are interested in the Gwinnett County Drug Court Program please contact our office:

Case Manager - (770) 822-7578 and (770) 822-8286

Program Director - (770) 822-8558

Deputy Program Director - (770) 822-7577

 

DUI Court

DUI Court is a three-phase intervention program. The program is a minimum of twelve (12) months and consists of three (3) phases:

All phases of the program encompass vocational and educational components in conjunction with providing substance abuse treatment with Judicial oversight. This program provides intervention and serves as a meaningful alternative to jail for the participant who can function in the community with support. It is our goal to improve the quality of life and reduce recidivism for participants. Those who graduate will have a solid foundation to build upon in order to become even more productive members of our community.

The DUI Court Judge will make all decisions regarding your participation in the DUI Court Program with input from the DUI Court Team. In addition to the Judge, the DUI Court Team consists of the following members:

  • Defense Attorney
  • Solicitor
  • DUI Court Coordinator & Case Manager
  • Surveillance Officer
  • Treatment Provider (GRN)
  • Probation Services

Prior to each DUI Court session, the DUI Court Team members familiarize themselves with every participant's progress and set-backs so that they may discuss that progress during the DUI Court session.

DUI Court Forms and Participant Handbook


If you are interested in the Gwinnett County DUI Court Program please contact our office:

Case Manager - (770) 822-8589

Program Director - (770) 822-8558

Deputy Program Director - (770) 822-7577

 

Mental Health Court

MHC is a four-phase intervention program for adults who have been accused of a crime(s) in Gwinnett County and who are having difficulty maintaining their mental well-being. It is a collaborative effort between the Superior Court, District Attorney's Office, defense attorneys, police agencies, probation and mental health treatment programs. By working together, we seek to provide a variety of programs and consistent supervision geared toward supporting and helping you maintain a healthy life. MHC involves frequent court appearances, random drug testing, as well as group and individual counseling. MHC awards incentives for compliant behavior and imposes sanctions for undesirable behavior. Participants who do not comply with the rules may be: placed in short-term custody, moved back to the previous phase of MHC, and/or a variety of other sanctions. Participants may also be terminated from MHC. All of the staff working with MHC will assist you to be sure you understand what is expected of you.

The MHC Judge will make all decisions regarding your participation in MHC with input from the MHC Team. In addition to the Judge, the MHC Team consists of the following members:

  • Defense Attorney
  • District Attorney
  • MHC Court Coordinator/MHC Court Case Manager
  • Treatment Provider (Viewpoint Health and Corizon)
  • Surveillance Officer
  • Probation Services

Prior to each MHC session, the MHC Team members familiarize themselves with your progress and set-backs so that they may discuss that progress with you during the MHC session.

Mental Health Court Forms and Participant Handbook


If you are interested in the Gwinnett County Mental Health Court Program please contact our office:

Case Manager - (770) 822-8047

Program Director - (770) 822-8558

 

Veteran's Treatment Court

VTC is a four-phase intervention program for United States Armed Forces Veterans who have been accused of a crime(s) in Gwinnett County and who are having difficulty maintaining their mental well-being as a result of a mental health diagnosis and/or substance abuse. VTC involves frequent court appearances, random drug testing, and compliance with an individualized treatment plan. VTC awards incentives for compliant behavior and imposes sanctions for non-compliant behavior.

The VTC Judge will make all decisions regarding your participation in VTC with input from the VTC Team. In addition to the Judge, the VTC Team consists of the following members:

  • Defense Attorney
  • District Attorney
  • VTC Court Coordinator/VTC Court Case Manager
  • Treatment Provider (Viewpoint Health, Corizon, and Veterans Administration)
  • Surveillance Officer
  • Probation Services
  • Mentor Coordinator

Prior to each VTC session, the VTC Team members familiarize themselves with your progress and set-backs so that they may discuss that progress with you during the VTC session.

Veteran's Treatment Court Forms and Participant Handbook


If you are interested in the Gwinnett County Veteran's Treatment Court Program please contact our office:

Case Manager - (770) 822-8047

Program Director - (770) 822-8558

Deputy Program Director - (770) 822-7577

 

Pre-Trial Diversion Court (PTD)

Q. What is the Health Services PTD Program?

A. In partnership with the Gwinnett County Detention Center, the Solicitor’s Office launched the Health Services Pre-Trial Diversion Program in January 2012 to assist in diverting defendants with SPMI – Severe and Persistent Mental Illness – into community based treatment. The goal of the Health Services PTD program is to improve quality of life, reduce recidivism, and improve the effective use of Court and Jail resources.

Q. What is SPMI – Severe and Persistent Mental Illness?

A. SPMI is defined as chronic mental illness which interferes with a person's daily functioning, to include the ability to hold a job, maintain relationships, or care for basic hygiene. This is an umbrella term used to describe persons with serious mental illness diagnoses. Mental Health clinicians utilize assessments to determine an individual’s primary diagnosis. Examples of SPMI diagnoses include: Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Please note that these disorders are TREATABLE and the goal is recovery. In fact, many people function well in recovery, but will always have an SPMI. These disorders are treatable but not curable.

Q. What is the goal for defendants who enter into the Health Services PTD program?

A. The goal for defendants in the Health Services PTD program is for a mentally ill defendant to enter into recovery from his/her illness. Completing the program allows defendants to avoid a conviction on his/her criminal record. Defendants must agree to participate in treatment, which may include but not be limited to, taking medication, going to individual or group therapy, substance abuse counseling, intensive day services, vocational training and/or placement, etc. Participants are expected to show improvement in their condition when adhering to their clinical treatment plan.

Q. Who is an appropriate defendant for the Health Services PTD Program?

A. Any person who is diagnosed with a SPMI (Clinical AXIS I diagnosis) AND whose offense is directly related to their illness may be considered for the program.

Q. Who is not an appropriate defendant to refer to the Health Services PTD program?

A. Certain conditions are not responsive to treatment, or are difficult to treat with limited results. Persons who have developmental disorders, or other AXIS II diagnoses, which include Mental Retardation, Personality Disorders, or medical problems like Traumatic Brain Injury as a PRIMARY diagnosis are not appropriate for this program. Additionally, persons with a PRIMARY diagnosis of substance dependence are not appropriate for this program. Other Axis I disorders, such as Eating Disorders that are a PRIMARY diagnosis may not be appropriate for the program, but would be considered on a case by case basis, so long as the disorder is directly related to the offense.

Q. What are appropriate legal criteria for referral?

A. Non-Violent, Misdemeanor Offenders who are approved by the prosecutors and voluntarily consent through the informed consent process are eligible to participate. Applicants must agree to comply with treatment plans and any special conditions of bond for a minimum of six months. All persons referred must have a mental health evaluation and treatment plan developed PRIOR to being accepted into the program.

Q. How do I make a referral?

A. To refer a defendant who is currently in custody at the Gwinnett County Detention Center, contact Christy Simpson, Community Bridge Liaison – (770) 616-6466 or Christy.simpson@gwinnettcounty.com

To refer a defendant who is currently in the community, contact Danielle Maybury with View Point Health, (678) 209-2491 or Danielle.Maybury@VPhealth.org

Q. Who is the treatment provider for persons enrolled in the program?

A. Many people with SPMI are indigent or have limited financial resources, and often will not have health benefits. For this defendant, View Point Health, the community mental health provider, will likely be their treatment provider of choice. View Point can work with them to establish their disability benefits. View Point Health provides multiple services including individual and group therapy, day services, housing assistance, vocational training and support and drug and alcohol programming. To learn more about the services provided at View Point, you can visit their website at www.myviewpointhealth.org

Some defendants in the program have greater resources and private insurance, and would therefore utilize private clinicians. In this case, the private clinician must complete a treatment plan and submit it to the court prior to the defendant’s acceptance in the program. Additionally the clinician must agree to the mandated reporting by the court (usually monthly reporting to the Probation Officer), with potential for court appearances, prior to the candidates acceptance in the program.

Q. Who monitors compliance with the treatment plan?

A. There is a Probation Officer who is responsible for the oversight of all defendants enrolled in the program. The Officer meets regularly with all participants and gets regular status reports from the treatment provider, including changes to the treatment recommendations. If a defendant is non-compliant, the Probation Officer conferences with the Solicitor’s Office and the treatment providers to determine the appropriate course of action within 24-hours of notification of non-compliance. Additionally, the Judge presiding over the case may require status checks in court to monitor compliance.

Q. Is there a cost to defendants enrolled in the Health Services PTD program?

A. Defendants in the Health Services PTD program will be responsible for nominal fees during the course of enrollment, but there is no initial cost to enroll in the program.

 

Forms

Frequently Called Phone Numbers

  Treatment Court Phone Numbers:
  DUI Court: (770) 822-8589
  Mental Health Court: (770) 822-8047
  Veterans’ Treatment Court: (770) 822-8047
  Accountability Court Director: (770) 822-8558
  Accountability Court Deputy Director: (770) 822-7577
  Drug Testing Laboratory: (770) 822-8690 and (770) 822-8692
  Drug Testing Line: (678) 254-1680 or https://doi.testday.com/
  Viewpoint Health (Formerly GRN): (678) 209-2505

 

  Community Resources:
  Gwinnett DFACS: (770) 995-2100  
  Gwinnett County Detention Center: (770) 822-3100  
  Gwinnett County Solicitors Office: (770) 822-8300  
  Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office: (770) 822-8100  
  Summit Ridge: (770) 822-2200  
  Alcoholics Anonymous: (404) 525-3178 www.atlantaaa.org
  Narcotics Anonymous: (770) 451-7373 www.grscna.com
  Cocaine Anonymous: (770) 451-7373 www.ca.org
  The Council on Alcohol and Drugs: (770) 239-7442  
  or (404) 351-3225  

 

  Emergency Numbers:
  First Call for Help: (404) 614-1000
  Gwinnett Helpline: (770) 995-3339
  Salvation Army: (770) 963-9799
  Partnership Against Domestic Violence: (770) 963-9799
  Partnership for Community Action: (770) 564-1702
  Gwinnett Housing Resource Partnership: (678) 808-4477
  or (678) 291-0305

 

  Employment Resources:
  Georgia Department of Labor: (770) 840-2200
  Gwinnett Vocational Rehabilitation: (770) 998-2170