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

Eligibility Guidelines

In order to be considered for participation in Juvenile Drug Court the minor must meet the following guidelines:

Juvenile Drug Court Eligibility Guidelines

Welfare and Institutions Code Sec 602 "wards" between the ages of 13 and 17½ who have treatment for substance abuse as a condition of probation.
Non-violent offender.
No documentation as a gang member.
A minor who has had substance abuse issues.
Have a suitable home environment.
No history of arson.

Screening Report

A Drug Court Screening Committee reviews each juvenile’s eligibility and submits a Screening Report (or recommendation) to the Drug Court team. A screening hearing is held and the minor and his/her parents/guardians are required to attend. Upon consultation with the Drug Court team, the judge determines whether the minor is accepted into the program.

If a minor is accepted into Drug Court, then he or she is assigned a Drug Court Probation Officer and a Juvenile Recovery Specialist who will assist them with obtaining and maintaining sobriety. A minor who is not accepted into the program is usually assigned a different Probation Officer, and is usually ordered to complete other appropriate interventions. However, should the minor continue to use controlled substances, another referral to Drug Court is possible.

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