The Muscogee County Adult Drug court is a multi-agency post adjudication program involving the coordinated efforts
of the Drug Court Judge, District Attorney's Office, Public Defender, Department of Community Supervision, New Horizons
Behavioral Health and other local Substance Abuse Treatment Providers.
The Adult Drug Court Program is a voluntary program for persons 18 years of age or older who are charged with drug-related
The mission of the Muscogee County Drug Court Program is to enhance public safety by combining effective substance abuse
treatment and intensive judicial supervision in a therapeutic court setting for non-violent substance abusing offenders, in
order to assist the participant in choosing and developing a structured, disciplined, law abiding drug free way of life.
The Adult Drug Court is a five-phase program lasting a minimum of 18 months. Each participant's program is based on an
individual evaluation completed by a licensed clinician working with the court.
Drug Court sessions occur weekly on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. in the Muscogee County Government Center. Occasionally, with
prior notice, court may be rescheduled for another day.
The target population shall be individuals who are diagnosed as chemically dependent on one or more substances, and who
have committed a crime or a combination of crimes (felony, misdemeanor, probation violation) and who have been classified as moderate to high risk and need.
- Must be diagnosed as having a substance abuse disorder as defined by the DSMV, moderate or severe.
- Produce a validated risk assessment higher than low
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Be a resident in the jurisdiction of the court.
- May have a diagnosed mental health disorder, but if so must follow recommendations by a counselor and able to participate in
substance abuse treatment as prescribed.
- Be a US citizen
Anyone can make a referral to the program. This includes the prosecution, the defense, law enforcement, the court or any interested party including the potential
Clinical and Legal Screening:
Upon application or referral, a legal screening will be conducted by the drug court team member of the county prosecutor's office to determine if the individual
can legally be supervised by the Drug Court. This would typically also involve the arresting agency, however, the ultimate decision for legal screening is to be made
by the Assistant District Attorney who sits on the drug court team.
If the applicant is not precluded from participation as a result of the legal screening, the individual will be clinically assessed using an evidence based tool.
In addition, criminogenic risk will be assessed in collaboration with probation.
Once the applicant is screened and found appropriate, a plea will be scheduled with the Court. If the applicant is not found appropriate according to the results
of the assessment, a notice will be sent out to all parties involved.
All participants will sit in the open courtroom. The Coordinator announces each case and participants meet with the Judge for a period of approximately 3-5 minutes
to discuss progress or lack of progress in the program.
Adult Drug Court is located on the Ground Floor of the of the Consolidated Government Center tower.