Lane County Adult Treatment Court Program
The Lane County Adult Treatment Court, often referred to as “drug court,” is an intensive, court-supervised probation for adults age 18 years and older who are charged with drug possession or a non-violent crime related to their substance use disorder. All participants must complete substance abuse treatment, but there are also many other requirements to help get people back on the right track. The program has a success rate of 39% and takes an average 21 months to complete.
Many participants (even those who do not graduate) report a variety of positive results of treatment court, including regaining custody of their children, completing their GEDs, obtaining meaningful, long-term employment, and experiencing holidays and special events sober for the first time in years. The vast majority of graduates never see another pair of handcuffs.
Public Defender Services of Lane County represents all Adult Treatment Court participants unless there is a conflict of interest.
Attorneys who would like to refer their clients to Adult Treatment Court (AKA drug court) must submit a referral to PDS via e-mail so we can run a conflict check and schedule a date for Orientation (a general info session held at our office), which is mandatory for all participants. We typically conduct an Orientation every Monday at 1:15 pm. There are two parts to the Orientation: a 45 minute slide show, followed by a Q and A, and an individual meeting with the treatment court attorney to go over the required petition. Depending on the number of people who show up, Orientation lasts 2 to 4 hours
Please send your referral to firstname.lastname@example.org with the client’s full name, date the client plans to attend Orientation, and basic information about their case. (Any information is helpful, but what is critical is the deal being offered, whether it’s a conditional discharge, downward departure, etc.)
Participant Handbook (Complete set of program rules provided to all participants by the Court).
Policy and Procedures Manual (Information about how the program is administered).
Lane County Veteran’s Court Program
For information regarding the Lane County Veteran’s Treatment Court, or to make a referral, please contact Michael Hajarizadeh.
For Participants Entering Veteran’s Court as a Condition of Probation (coming soon)
Lane County Mental Health Court Program
The Lane County Mental Health Court is a relatively new program. For more information, or to make a referral, please contact Lisa Romano.
Please do not set cases for mental health court without first contacting Ms. Romano.