The North Carolina Drug Treatment Courts (DTC) were established by statute in 1995 to enhance and monitor the delivery of treatment services to chemically dependent adult offenders while holding those offenders rigorously accountable for complying with their court-ordered treatment plans. Durham opened its first treatment court in 1999, serving substance-addicted defendants charged with non-violent offenses.
Program participants are referred by their attorney, a probation officer, the District Attorney, or the sentencing judge. Potential participants are screened into Adult Drug Treatment Court using criteria set forth by the policies and procedures of court personnel. Upon acceptance, the coordinator works with the participants for the duration of their program participation, which is minimally one year in length. The case coordinator assists program participants with the myriad of problems that they face in their lives outside of their substance abuse issues. Participants take part in treatment, attend NA or AA meetings, submit to regular drug screens, meet regularly with their probation officer and the drug court coordinator, and attend court sessions bi-weekly to review their progress.
The Durham Drug Treatment Program currently operates one Adult Drug Treatment Court for adults charged with criminal offenses. Prior to July, 2011, Durham served its citizens by operating three drug treatment courts: one for adults charged with criminal offenses, one for mothers and fathers whose children were in the care of the Department of Social Services, and one for juveniles in delinquency court. In fiscal year 2011-12, the General Assembly was unable to continue to provide funds to the court system statewide for the operation of drug treatment courts. In Durham, the County, through its Criminal Justice Resource Center, assumed responsibility for providing the case coordinator to staff the Adult Drug Treatment Court with funds provided by the Alliance Behavioral Healthcare, the managed care organization serving Durham County.
Durham Drug Treatment Court
Durham County Courthouse
510 S. Dillard Street
Durham, NC 27701
Kamesha Falana, Case Coordinator