In July 2019, staff from CSC’s Alternative Courts program attended the National Association of Drug Court Professionals National Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, the world’s largest conference on addiction, mental health and justice reform. The conference brings together leaders from all models of treatment courts, the recovery community, law enforcement, veteran service organizations, legislators and other key stakeholders to learn the latest evidence-based practices for serving individuals with substance use and mental health disorders.
Community Service Council operates the largest alternative courts program in Oklahoma. As an alternative to incarceration for offenders in the criminal justice system in need of treatment, our programs are a minimum of 18 months, requiring participants to attend regular court appearances, treatment appointments, supervision visits and random drug testing. Graduates also have opportunities to further their education, return to the workforce, or advance their career during their time in our program.
To date, our program has helped 1,569 individuals suffering from addiction and mental illness in innovative, therapeutic court settings. Through compassion, inclusion and empowerment, we work collaboratively with community partners to guide our participants on the path of transformation leading to sobriety and productive citizenship in the community, with a final result of reduced recidivism and reduced costs to the taxpayer.