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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 Pre-Trial Diversion FAQ's

1. What is the Mental Health Pre-Trial Diversion Program (MH PTD)?

This program is a collaborative between the Solicitor's Office, the Gwinnett County Detention Center, View Point Health, and Southeast Corrections that is designed to assist individuals who have a Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) receive the treatment and linkage to resources they need in the community so that they can be productive, law abiding citizens while also addressing their pending legal charge(s) through diversion so as to avoid a criminal conviction for the charge(s ) . The goal is to improve quality of life, reduce recidivism, and improve the effective use of resources.

2. Who qualifies?

Individuals who have a verified primary SPMI diagnosis and a non-violent misdemeanor charge that is directly related to their diagnosis. Accepted SPMI diagnoses include : Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. These individuals must voluntarily consent to services and be deemed legally competent to do so. An individual who is referred but who reports, or is found to be, unwilling to take mental health medications and/or engage with recommended treatment services will be denied.

***Please note that individuals whose documentation shows a NOS (not otherwise specified), unspecified, provisional, or R/O (rule out) diagnosis will not be accepted nor will individuals with primary substance abuse, personality disorder, and/or developmental disability diagnosis.***

3. Who completes the referral and what must it include?

While a client or their loved ones can seek assistance for themselves it is recommended that the client's attorney on the case submit the referral. This is because all referrals must include the police report, documentation showing a verified SPMI diagnosis**, insurance information, and a signed Release of Information (ROI) form for the referral source. The client's attorney must contact the Solicitor's Office for the Assistant Solicitor-General assigned to the case to review the case and consent to a MHPTD assessment by View Point Health. Such consent must be provided to View Point Health in writing in order for the assessment to take place.

All referrals with supporting documentation should be emailed to Jamie Story, Program Manager, Mental Health and Veterans Community Courts for View Point Health (678-347-6287; Jamie.Story@VPHealth.org).

**Releases for SPMI documentation can be completed using a VPH ROI form with the "to/from" sections indicating the medical facility records are being requested from. The completed form must then be sent by the attorney to the medical records department of that medical facility with a cover page indicating the records are to be faxed to Jamie Story at 678-212-6303. Doing so may avoid extra wait time as records change multiple hands and may avoid fees since the records are being sent provider to provider.

4. How does this benefit me?

If you enter and successfully complete the Mental Health Pre-Trial Diversion Program the Solicitor's Office will dismiss the charge(s) against you and you may be eligible to have the arrest record restricted. This means that your criminal history information will not be made available to any private persons or business but the information will still be available to judicial officials and criminal justice agencies.

5. How long is the program and how much does it cost?

The MH PTD program is a year in length. There may be a $95 fee for the initial assessment depending on if you have insurance that will cover the assessment or not. Once enrolled in MH PTD there may also be costs associated with probation fees, fines, and drug screens. It is highly recommended that you discuss these potential fines and fees as well as your ability to pay them with your attorney before the case is entered into MHPTD.

6. What are the requirements of the MH PTD program?

Defendants must first complete a Comprehensive Biopsychosocial Assessment with View Point Health Re-Entry staff in order to receive their individualized treatment plan PRIOR to entering a plea into the program. Treatment recommendations may include but are not limited to the following: regularly attending psychiatry appointments, medication compliance, individual and/or group therapy, substance abuse treatment, intensive day services, vocational training and/or placement, case management services, etc. This treatment will be provided by View Point Health OR by a private provider depending on each individual's insurance coverage and specific treatment needs. After the assessment is completed the treatment recommendations will be provided to the client's attorney and the Solicitor's Office to allow them to proceed forward with entering the plea so client can begin in the program.

7. Who monitors my progress in the program?

MH PTD participants are required to meet with probation monthly to provide documented proof that they are making and keeping all scheduled appointments as per their treatment plan, as well as following any other agreed upon conditions. These other special conditions may include status checks with the court, fines/fees, community service, and/or random drug screens. If the client is using a private provider, the client must use their private insurance. Additionally, the private provider must agree to release treatment information (including but not limited to progress notes) to fulfill the client's MHPTD requirements prior to the client's acceptance and entry into MHPTD.

8. What happens when I successfully complete?

The Solicitor's Office will submit an Order for Nolle Proseqi (dismissal) to the Judge and a copy will be mailed to you. If you posted a cash bond then it will be returned after you complete the program. If you hired a bonding company then you will need to refer to your contract with them to determine if you are eligible for a refund or not.

9. What happens if I don't complete the program or violate one of the conditions?

If you choose not to complete the MH PTD program or you violate a condition the Solicitor's Office may move forward with prosecuting your case and you may be subject to bond revocation. If so your new court date will be mailed to you. If you are convicted you can be punished for each offense by a fine up to $1,000 and face up to 12 months in jail. You may be placed on probation and be required to pay fines/restitution, complete treatment as recommended, perform community service, and/or complete other terms set forth by the Judge.

10. Who do I talk to about any questions or concerns I have?

a. Legal questions – Speak with your attorney
b. Treatment questions – Jamie Story (View Point Health) 678-347-6287
c. Probation questions – Matt Kramer (Southeast Corrections) 404-410-2555
d. Other services provided by View Point Health? Go to www.myviewpointhealth.org

 

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 Program FAQ's

What is Pre Trial Diversion?

Pre-trial diversion is a program that the Solicitor's Office is offering you in exchange for a dismissal of your charges.

What do I have to do?

The program requires that you may pay a program fee and/or supervision fees (please see Notice of Pre-Trial Diversion for payment instructions). You may also be required to do one or more of the following: complete an evaluation, complete a course of treatment/counseling, perform community service, refrain from the use of alcohol or drugs, submit to random screens, and/or pay restitution.

How will Pre-Trial Diversion benefit me?

If you choose to complete the program, then the Solicitor's Office will dismiss the charge against you and you may be eligible to have the arrest record restricted from your criminal history.

What is record restriction?

Your record will be restricted if/when the case is dismissed. Your criminal history information will not be available to any private persons or businesses, but the information will be available only to judicial officials and criminal justice agencies for investigative or criminal justice employment purposes only. Additionally, the Clerk's Office and the Sheriff's Department will maintain their own records regarding your case and those are viewable by the public. Upon receiving notification from your Diversion Coordinator of your successful completion, our office will submit a dismissal to the Court and your Criminal History Information will be restricted.

What happens if I don’t complete Pre-Trial Diversion or violate one of the conditions?

If you choose not to complete Pre Trial Diversion or if you violate a condition, then the Solicitor's Office will proceed with the prosecution of your case. Your new court date will be mailed to you. If you are convicted, then you can be punished for each offense by a fine up to $1,000.00 and a term of imprisonment of up to 12 months in jail. You may be placed on probation and required to pay fines, complete a course of treatment and/or counseling, perform community service, pay restitution, and complete other terms set forth by the Judge. Your record will not be restricted if: you enter a plea of guilty or no contest, or you are found guilty after trial, regardless of the length of time that has passed since that plea or verdict.

What does "Terminate upon Completion" mean?

If "Terminate upon Completion" is a term of your diversion, then your supervision/program is over and will end when you have completed all conditions and provided the proof to the diversion coordinator.

How do I know when I am done with the program?

The diversion coordinator will let you know when you have completed the program. The Solicitor's Office will submit to the Court a Nolle Prosequi (dismissal) and a copy will be mailed to you.

What happens to my bond?

If you posted a cash bond, then it will be returned to you or the surety after you complete the program and the Nolle Prosequi (dismissal) is filed. If you hired a bonding company to post your bond, then you probably will not receive a refund.

 

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