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Supreme Court accredits 22nd Judicial District Treatment DUI Court Program

Eleven courts now accredited statewide

According to a press release issued today from the Colorado Judicial Department, the 22nd Judicial District's DUI Court program was among eight new court programs recently accredited by the Colorado Supreme Court.

There are now eleven courts accredited throughout the state.

The programs have proven themselves capable "problem solving treatment courts for  implementing outstanding evidence-based and proven practices". Accreditation guidlines are outlined in the Colorado Problem Solving Court Standards for Adult Criminal Drug Courts and DUI Courts.

“Colorado’s problem solving court programs continue to make great strides and all of those involved in these programs are to be commended for their dedication to researching, developing and implementing the best treatment practices,” Chief Justice Nathan B. Coats said. “I am very pleased with the work being accomplished and continue to support these efforts.”

Currently, the Honorable Jennilyn Lawrence is the Presiding Judge over the program.

The 22nd Judicial District is a Combined Court serving both Montezuma and Dolores Counties, with offices in both Cortez and Dove Creek, Colorado.

The 22nd Judicial District's DUI Court Program Mission Statement reads:       

"To provide an intensive period of probation, treatment, and court supervision designed to address alcohol abuse or addiction in defendants convicted of repeated impaired driving offenses. The DUI Court Program uses a team-based approach to more effectively aid rehabilitation, with the goal of preventing any future occurrence of impaired driving."

The 22nd Judicial District began its DUI Court Program in August of 2007 and has graduated 44 participants.

At the time of this release, the program has eight active participants enrolled.

    Accreditation of programs are initiated by application and are reviewed by the Colorado Supreme Court Problem Solving Court Advisory Committee. This committee is appointed by the Colorado Supreme Court and charged with, among other things, developing strategy, assisting in development, and assisting in the development of evaluations strategies for thise programs. See the committees most recent Committee Charge Document, here. (PDF) 

    If the program passes the Colorado Supreme Court Problem Solving Court Advisory Committee's thorough review, one that often includes site visits and interviews, the program is then passed to the Colorado Supreme Court for approval.

    Onced approved, this initial accrediation period lasts for five years and after that re-accreditation, is reviewed every three years.

    The following is list of the eight programs recently accredited:

    • 2nd Judicial District Denver County Sobriety Court
    • 4th Judicial District Family Treatment Court 
    • 5th Judicial District Lake County Sobriety Court 
    • 7th Judicial District Montrose Adult Treatment Court
    • 16th Judicial District Integrated Treatment Court
    • 17th Judicial District Adams County Family Treatment Court  
    • 19th Judicial District Weld County Adult Treatment Court 
    • 22nd Judicial Treatment DUI Court Program

    According to the press release,

    "Nearly 80 problem-solving courts are in operation around Colorado including adult and juvenile drug courts, family treatment drug courts, DUI courts, adult and juvenile mental health courts, veteran trauma courts, and truancy courts."

    For more information on problem solving courts, or to review the description of the accreditation program or the accreditation application, readers can visit www.coloradoproblemsolvingcourts.org 

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