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Youth Offender Drug Court

Specialty Courts Officer: Elliott Johnson (775) 325-6616
Court Clerk: Teresa Travers (775) 328-3587

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Young Offender Drug Court Overview

The Young Offender Drug Court program targets young adults, ages 18 to 24, who are opiate/heroin users, referred by the criminal court on a diversion case. There have been numerous and substantial research studies to support specialized services to this age group due to their cognitive immaturity and criminogenic needs that are very different than those of older defendants.

The program enables the Court to offer an individualized treatment approach through Medicaid's "medical necessity" provisions, including access to Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAP), a newly mandated requirement for any Specialty Court receiving Federal funding. The Court also offers vocational and educational programming designed to assist this specific population.

Specialized resources are provided by community-based partners, such as the HOPES Clinic (access to primary health, behavioral health and psychiatric care), and the Children's Cabinet (access to Face Forward, a federal vocational and life skills program, and Youth Build, an employment training program offering stipends, assistance with educational goals, mentoring and supervision). It is anticipated that other community resources will be utilized as needed including housing opportunities at Ridge House, Crossroads, or other local agencies.

A Specialty Courts Officer is assigned to the caseload of the Young Offender Drug Court and is responsible for supervision, drug testing, and ensuring compliance with court orders. This Officer attends all Court sessions and reports progress or challenges for each defendant. The Public Defender and District Attorney's offices also participate in this specialty court.