Drug Treatment Court
Breaking the cycle of addiction and criminal activity.
The Lethbridge and Medicine Hat Drug Treatment Court programs are contained within the criminal justice system and operates within the same legal framework that governs all adult criminal court proceedings in the Provincial Court of Alberta.
Participants are supported to improve all aspects of their life through a holistic approach. This includes focus on housing, physical health, mental health, education, employment, cultural support, and giving back to the community through volunteer work, and community involvement.
An Intensive Rehabilitation Program
Serves people 18 years and older who have been charged with drug related crimes to sustain and support their addiction, facing 1-5 years in custody.
The program is funded by the Government of Alberta. There are no costs for participants.
The program is founded on national and international principles for drug treatment courts.
Entry to the program is dependent on the consent of the Crown, Court, and the Accused.
What to Expect
The Lethbridge and Medicine Hat Drug Treatment Courts are abstinence based programs with the goal of creating safer communities by reducing drug-driven crimes.
Program services are delivered by the McMan Treatment Team’s in both cities, which consists of the Director, Case Managers, and Peer Support Mentors. They work collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team, composed of the Judge(s), Provincial and Federal Crowns, Duty Counsel, Probation Officer, Police Service liaison, and RCMP liaison.
After a guilty plea is made, the multi-disciplinary team works with participants by way of intensive judicial supervision that includes bi-weekly court appearances, addictions treatment, community recovery involvement, regular and random drug screens, community restoration, and ultimately provides the participants with the opportunity to obtain housing, address medical and mental health issues, gain education and employment, and reintegrate into their community.
How to Access the Program
Individuals must complete a Drug Treatment Court application with their lawyer. Participants undergo extensive screening prior to being accepted into the program. Entry is dependent on the consent of the Crown, Court, and the Accused.
Exit from the program occurs when successful participants graduate after a minimum of one-year active engagement and participation in the program, completion of the five case management phases, substantial time sober, and evidence that they have contributed to the community through volunteer involvement.
McMan's core values of commitment, trust, respect, empathy, and genuineness are ingrained in each portion of service delivery.
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