New local Adult Recovery Court poised for certification

The newest tool in Logan County’s tool kit to combat drug and alcohol addiction is now fully functional and poised to take advantage of state support resources.

The Common Pleas Court’s Adult Recovery Program, which aims to help rehabilitate individuals charged with felony crimes committed because of substance abuse issues, has been operational for several months but a recent visit by an observer from the Ohio Supreme Court resulted in a recommendation that the program be certified as a specialty docket.

“The site visit from the Supreme Court observer is key because it opens the door to grants,” Judge Mark S. O’Connor said during the Thursday afternoon hearings that are the backbone of the recovery court docket.

The Supreme Court committee that oversees such dockets is scheduled to consider the local program at a Dec. 11 meeting, according to a letter to the court this week.

The local team has already begun applying for funding through the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to help pay the salary of the full-time probation officer for the recovery court, but they likely will not be considered until after the official certification is approved, Judge O’Connor said.

Each week, Judge O’Connor and the court administrator, Debra Egbert, meet with the other members of the Recovery Court Team, which includes probation officers with the Adult Parole Authority, treatment providers from Consolidated Care Inc. and detectives of the Logan County Joint Drug Task Force.

They discuss the progress of each individual participant and determine whether their actions in the previous week warrant progression through the three phases of the recovery program or additional sanctions that can range from a stern admonition from the judge to incarceration or removal from the program.

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