Lee County Adult Drug Court

drug court logo2The Lee County Adult Drug Court has been established as an effort by the Courts to offer intensive rehabilitation services to non-violent adult felons who have been identified by drug treatment professionals as having significant problems with drugs and/or alcohol. The Drug Court offers an array of comprehensive services including intensive treatment, random and frequent drug screens, enhanced supervision and active judicial supervision. These services act concurrently with sanctions for violations and recognition and rewards for progress within the program.

The Drug Court consists of a minimum of 52 weeks of treatment which may include, in-patient, residential or out-patient Components, followed by aftercare. The program is divided into four phases which the participant will advance through dependent upon their compliance and desire to work the program. Upon successful completion of the four phases, participants will be considered for graduation from the program. Participants must remain clean and sober to successfully complete the program. 

  1. Who is eligible?
  2. Phase Explanation & Program Components
  3. Graduation Criteria & Statistics
  4. Rules of Drug Court
  5. Sanctions
  6. Incentives
  7. Termination
  8. Drug Court Dress Code
  9. Drug Court Contacts

Who is eligible for Drug Court? 

  • Individuals who are substance abusers.

  • Individuals with non-violent criminal histories.

  • Individuals with Felony level drug related charges.

  • Individuals dedicated to their recovery.

**Eligibility is also based upon a Clinical Assessment.


Drug Court Components & Phase Explanation


To successfully complete Drug Court, you are required to be involved in several

activities which will benefit and sustain your recovery. As a participant in Lee County

Drug Court, you will be required to:

  • Engage in substance abuse counseling

  • Attend frequent court sessions

  • Submit to urinalysis screenings

  • Attend support meetings

  • Obtain employment and/or attend school

  • Obtain your high school diploma or GED

  • Pay a weekly Drug Court fee of $10.00

  • Submit to random home visits

  • Submit your self, residence & automobile to search 

PHASE I

  • A minimum of six weeks in length

  • Attend treatment as recommended by the assessment

  • Attend weekly drug court appearances

  • Submit to random urine screens a minimum of three times per week

  • Meet with a probation officer weekly

  • Establish educational and/or vocational referrals/contacts

**To advance to Phase II, you must have had clean drug tests for a minimum

of 30 days and be in compliance with the requirements of Phase I.

 
PHASE II

  • A minimum of six weeks in length

  • Attend treatment as recommended

  • Attend weekly Drug Court appearances

  • Submit to random urine screens a minimum of two times per week

  • Meet with a Probation Officer weekly

  • Establish and maintain full time employment or school

  • Attend support meetings/structured activities

**To advance to Phase III, you must have had clean drug tests for a minimum

of 60 days and be in compliance with the requirements of Phase II.

 
PHASE III

  • A minimum of six months in length

  • Attend treatment as recommended

  • Attend bi-monthly Drug Court appearances

  • Submit to random urine screens a minimum of two per week

  • Meet with a Probation Officer bi-weekly

  • Maintain full time employment or school or other support

  • Attend support meetings/structured activities

**To advance to Phase IV, you must have had clean drug tests for a minimum

of 120 days and be in compliance with the requirements of Phase III. 


PHASE IV

  • A minimum of three months in length

  • Attend treatment as recommended

  • Attend monthly Drug Court appearances

  • Submit to random urine screens a minimum of one per week

  • Meet with a Probation Officer bi-weekly

  • Maintain full time employment or school or other support

  • Attend support meetings/structured activities

  • Write their “Life Plan of Sobriety” & present it to the Drug Court Staff

  • Provide clean drug tests for a minimum of 180 days 

**Advancement of Phases is determined by the overall progress and current

standing of each participant. Progress must be achieved and on-going at the time

of advancement. Clean time is not the only factor of consideration.


Honesty

The single most important factor in Drug Court is HONESTY. Progress and sobriety

can be achieved most effectively when participants are honest about their addiction

and usage. For those who choose not to be honest while participating in the

program will incur much difficulty and hardship.

 

Graduation Criteria

To graduate from the program, the Drug Court participant will have completed all

requirements in each of the four Phases. The individual will have:

  • Provided clean drug screens for six months prior to graduation

  • Completed all recommended treatment

  • Obtained full time employment or a legitimate means of support

  • Obtained a high school diploma or GED

  • Presented their “Life Plan of Sobriety” to the Drug Court staff

  • Paid all fees and treatment in full

**It should be noted that of the 22 Drug Court graduates, only two of those
 graduates were re-arrested after graduation.


Drug Court Rules


The participant
will receive an assessment for your drug treatment.

The participant will complete the recommendations of the assessment.

The participant will follow the Phases of the program to the satisfaction of the Court.

The participant will attend, be on time and participate for all classes/meetings that

are required of them.

The participant will not use, possess or be in the presence of any illegal drugs or

drug paraphernalia.

The participant will not use any alcohol or enter any establishment which serves

alcohol on the premise.

The participant agree to be drug/alcohol tested at any time. They will not alter or

try, in any way to change their bodily fluids for a drug screen.

The participant agrees to be searched at any time for drugs by a member of the Drug

Court staff.

The participant will not engage in any criminal activity.

The participant will participate in any other program the Court or treatment

recommends.

The participant will abide by a Court imposed curfew.

The participant will not leave the State of Illinois without permission of the Court.

The participant agree to pay a weekly fee of $10.00, total of $1,000.00.

The participant agree to keep the Court aware of their current address and

employment.

The participant agree to pay/be responsible for all costs incurred with the treatment

while participating in Drug Court.

The participant will appear in Drug Court before the Judge to report their progress

in treatment. The Judge will encourage/reward them, if they are doing well in the

program and the Judge will discuss sanctions with them, if they are not. If they do

not come to court when required, a warrant may be issued.


Sanctions

The participant will be held accountable for behavior which is unacceptable as a

participant in Drug Court. Sanctions will be imposed swiftly. Sanctions may include

the following:

  • Verbal warning from the Judge

  • Write an essay to the Judge

  • More frequent drug testing

  • Increased reporting to Probation

  • Increased reporting to Drug Court

  • Perform Public Service Work

  • 30 support meetings in 30 days, 60/60, 90/90

  • Demotion of Phases

  • Termination from Drug Court

  • Jail

Incentives

The participant will be rewarded for making positive changes in their behavior. Incentives

may include:

  • Verbal praise

  • Gift cards

  • Candy bars

  • Phase advancement

  • Reduction in fines

  • Bus passes

  • Gas cards

  • Cake

 

Termination from Drug Court

 
If you chose not to follow what is expected of you while you are a participant in

Drug Court, you could be terminated from the program. If you are terminated

from Drug Court, you will then be re-sentenced on your original charge which

may include a term of incarceration in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

 

Drug Court Dress Code

 
When you appear in Drug Court, you should be dressed in respectable, appropriate

attire. No clothing will be allowed that advertises drugs, alcohol or sexually explicit

material. No pants will be allowed that have holes. The top of your pants must

meet the bottom of your shirt, no bare skin. Pants must fit appropriately. If you

are coming to court from work and your work attire is old or dirty clothing, you

should bring a change of clothes with you and change in the bathroom prior to

court. No tank tops will be allowed, nor will hats or sunglasses.

 

Drug Court Contacts

Judge Ackert
Associate Judge


Scott Hollmeyer
Assistant State’s Attorney


Staci Stewart
Lee County Probation 


Doug Lathe
Assistant Public Defender
 

**To be considered for participation in the Lee County Drug Court, contact

Staci Stewart, Drug Court Coordinator at the Probation Department.