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Drug Court
Eight Key Components of Drug Court set forth by the
National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP)

The National Association of Drug Court Professionals has set forth these eight key elements to provide a guideline and structure format for Drug Courts in the Nation.

  • Key Element 1 ~ Drug Courts integrate alcohol and other drug treatment services with justice case processing
  • Key Element 2 ~ Using a non-adversarial approach, prosecution and defense counsel promote public safety while protecting participants' due process rights.
  • Key Element 3 ~ Eligible participants are identified early and promptly placed in the Drug Court program.
  • Key Element 4 ~ Drug Court provides access to a continuum of alcohol, drug, and other related treatment and rehabilitation services.
  • Key Element 5 ~ Frequent alcohol and other drug testing to monitor abstinence.
  • Key Element 6 ~ A coordinated strategy governs Drug Court responses to participants' compliance.
  • Key Element 7 ~ Ongoing judicial interaction with each Drug Court participant is essential.
  • Key Element 8 ~ Clear monitoring and evaluation measures track the achievement of individual participants' program goals and gauge the effectiveness of the program.