Broward County's Drug Court is the third oldest drug court in the nation, created in 1991, and the Drug Court Treatment Division serves close to 800 clients daily. The Drug Court Treatment Division has two programs providing diversion from jail or prison for persons with substance related conditions. The original Pretrial Intervention Program was designed as an alternative to traditional incarceration for first time, non-violent criminal offenders who are charged with the purchase or possession of a controlled substance and/or other substance abuse related offense. PTI participants may be eligible to have their felony charges dismissed by participating by successfully completing the program. The State funded Post-Adjudicatory Program was designed to divert adjudicated felons with substance related conditions from returning to prison. Both programs are a minimum of one-year of treatment with the goal of breaking the cycle of drug use and criminal justice involvement by using a variety of individualized treatment services to restore the participant as a productive member of society.
The Outpatient Component of the Pretrial Intervention Program is accredited by CARF International, Inc., an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process. This component was the first program to be accredited under CARF's Drug Court Behavioral Health Core Program Standards in 2003 and has continued to be awarded three-year accreditations which represents the highest level of accreditation.
The 17th Judicial Circuit Drug Court Judges and General Magistrate, through regular court hearings, continually monitor all participants' progress. Failure to comply with the requirements of the programs results in the imposition of a variety of graduated interventions and sanctions. Compliance with treatment requirements results in incentives that are given to reward positive behaviors. Pretrial Intervention (PTI) participants sign a Deferred Prosecution Agreement that includes a waiver of speedy trial and a limited waiver of confidentiality so staff can report the participant's progress directly to the Court. Clients are supervised by the Florida Department of Corrections.
To participate in the Pretrial Component, participants must meet the following criteria:
- Age 18 or older
- Current charge of a second or third degree felony alleging the purchase or possession for personal use and not for resale or delivery, of any illegal and/or controlled substance, or tampering with evidence of an illegal or controlled substance.
- Volunteer to participate in the program
- Sign a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) that includes a waiver of speedy trial and a limited waiver of confidentiality for the Program to report the offender’s progress directly to the Court
- Report to the Department of Corrections for a minimum of twelve (12) months.
- Agree to attend the BSO Drug Court Treatment Division.
To participate in the Post-Adjudicatory Component, participants must meet the following criteria:
- Adults, age 18 or older
- Offenders with sentencing scores of 60 points or less who have been arrested
- Offenders with sentencing scores of 60 points or less who have violated community control or probation due to a failed or suspected drug test
- Volunteer to be in the program
- Report to the Department of Corrections according to judicial requirements
- Agree to attend and participate in BSO’s Divisionary Treatment Program
- Agree not to take any prescribed medications of abuse for regular use
Participants presenting with co-occurring mental health and/or medical conditions will be afforded the same opportunities for treatment, when meeting the above referenced legal criteria. All participants will be screened, and if necessary, referred to other levels of care when clinically necessary.
BSO's Drug Court Treatment Division's utilizes best-practice standards to treat its participants. Participants are screened an assessed to determine the most appropriate course of treatment. Participants receive services based on his/her risk and needs which include substance use and criminal thinking. The Outpatient program is divided into four phases and utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to substance abuse treatment, encompassing both traditional and innovative interventions. The programs offer:
- Diagnostic and Assessment Services
- Education Groups
- Group & Individual therapy
- Fellowship Meetings
- Clinical Interventions, Incentives, and Sanctions
- Drug and Alcohol testing Educational/vocational referrals
- Relapse Prevention
- Case Management
- Psychiatric services
- Family orientation and education
- Transitional Housing Bus passes
- HIV/AIDS and Other STDs Education Class
- >Court Liaison
The Drug Court Treatment Division is licensed to provide intervention and outpatient services through the State of Florida Department of Children and Families. Participants are referred to community sober support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, Smart Recovery and the like in an effort to establish recovery supportive bonds prior to treatment discharge.
Any time during participants' program involvement, they may be referred to other treatment components such as detoxification, non-residential day/ night treatment, intensive residential treatment or jail-based educational programs. Alternative programs may be used with the approval of the Drug Court Judge.
Participants are charged a fee for services based on a sliding scale that measures income and the number of dependents. All participants are expected to pay for treatment on a weekly basis.
For more information, please contact the Drug Court Treatment Program at (954) 497-3610.
Frequently Asked Questions
What hour the days and hours for treatment?
Treatment Hours of Monday through Thursday - 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
What are the days and hours for Drug Testing?
Drug Testing Hours of Operation Monday through Thursday - 8:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.
What number do I call to see if my color was called to submit a drug test?
Participants must call 1-866-460-0525 daily Monday through Friday to see if they are required to submit a drug test.
How often am I required to submit a drug test?
BSO Drug Court utilizes a random drug testing system. All participants are required to submit at least 1 drug test weekly, but may be required to submit daily.
Does BSO Drug Court offer any transportation assistance?
Answer:BSO Drug Court does offer one-week bus passes for those who are in need of transportation to treatment.
How long must I participate in treatment?
Treatment is for a minimum of 1 year
How much does it cost for treatment at BSO Drug Court?
The cost of treatment is based on a sliding scale based on family size, family income, and number of dependents. Participants will be required to submit documentation of income and dependents to determine their appropriate fee level.
How often must I attend treatment?
The frequency of treatment services are based on the individual needs of the participant and could vary from month to month depending on what services are needed and offered.
Can I submit a drug test at BSO Drug Court if I am not a participant?
No. You must be a participant of BSO Drug Court in order to submit a drug test.
I am homeless, can BSO Drug Court assist me with a place to stay?
Yes. BSO Drug Court offers transitional housing for those participating in their program.