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Superior Court of California - County of San Diego: Juvenile: Juvenile Drug Court

Juvenile Drug Court

The Juvenile Drug Court (JDC) program is a partnership of the Juvenile Court, Public Defender, District Attorney, Probation, Health and Human Services Agency/Behavioral Health Services, treatment providers, and law enforcement. This program serves youth with substance abuse needs and a history of drug treatment noncompliance.

The program goal is to help youth eliminate addiction and reduce criminogenic needs through intensive supervision and recovery services. Program elements include frequent JDC appearances, outpatient treatment services, intensive supervision (including frequent drug testing with incentives for compliant behavior), and immediate consequences/sanctions for noncompliant behavior. Noncompliant events include testing positive for alcohol or other drugs, failing to attend treatment, refusing to participate in treatment, not attending school, or failing to abide by the rules of the youth’s home or placement.

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