ALTUS, OKLAHOMA – Third Judicial District Drug Court that includes Jackson, Greer, Kiowa, Tillman and Harmon counties, was selected and received an award from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services or ODMHSAS at the annual Drug Court Day at the Capitol.
The award was presented by Commissioner Terry White of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for the court’s work and outstanding progress in the reunification of Drug Court participants and their children.
Like the other 2,965 operational Drug Courts in the United States, the Third Judicial District Drug Court is a judicially supervised court docket that reduces correctional costs, protects community safety and improves public welfare. In Drug Courts, seriously drug and alcohol-addicted individuals remain in treatment for long periods of time while under close supervision. Drug Court participants must meet their obligation to themselves, their families and society. To ensure accountability, they are regularly and randomly tested for drug use, required to appear frequently in court for the judge to review their progress, rewarded for doing well and sanctioned for not living up to their obligations. Research continues to show that Drug Courts work better than jail or prison, better than probation and better than treatment alone. Drug Courts are this nation’s most effective strategy at reducing recidivism among seriously drug addicted, nonviolent offenders with long criminal histories.
This is the second year in a row the Third Judicial District Drug Court received an outstanding achievement award from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Last year the court received an award for its work and progress in helping Drug Court participants obtain the GED or High School diploma.