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Drug Treatment Court

Linking Participants to Evidence-Based Rehabilitative Services

Who We Are

The Milwaukee County Adult Drug Treatment Court program is a voluntary program designed to successfully rehabilitate participants with substance use disorders via a community-based alternative to incarceration.

MCDTC diverts participants from the traditional criminal justice system into a specialty court and creates an individualized plan that takes into account the participant’s mental and physical health as well as any relevant environmental factors. Throughout the program, participants are provided with the tools they need to lead productive and law-abiding lives.

Eligibility

Criteria

  • Individual must reside in Milwaukee County
  • Individual must be 18 or older
  • Current charges or past convictions cannot be sex-related or involve a dangerous weapon
  • Individual must be facing a minimum of four months of incarceration straight time
  • Individual must be drug and/or alcohol dependent
  • Individual must be willing to participate in AODA treatment and commit to 12-18 months of involvement with MCDTC
  • Individual must not have any pending cases outside of Milwaukee; if they do have pending cases outside of Milwaukee, it must come to a conclusion before being admitted into MCDTC
  • If an Individual is under supervision with the Department of Corrections, they must be approved by their supervision officer

Referrals

Anyone may refer cases to the MCDTC, including, but not limited to:

  • Attorneys
  • Defendants
  • Case Managers
  • Family Members
  • Judges
  • Community Partners
  • Department of Corrections

Goals

  • Reduce criminal recidivism and other court contacts
  • Facilitate sobriety and improved behavioral health
  • Increase compliance with treatment and other court ordered conditions
  • Work to alleviate issues surrounding participants’ substance-related behavioral health issues
  • Ensure available services are accessed by participants
  • Integrate community based treatment options and services as appropriate
  • Improve participants’ family relationships and social support connections
  • Improve participants’ economic stability

MCDTC Admission Approval

The District Attorney’s office will review the eligibility standards for the referred individual and determine if the charges and sentencing guidelines are appropriate for participation in the MCDTC.

To be eligible for participation, a prospective Milwaukee County DTC participant must:

  • Have significant substance use history or diagnosed as AODA dependent
  • Be facing criminal charges in the Milwaukee County Circuit Court
  • Be reviewed and approved by the MCDTC Team to determine appropriateness for participation
  • Agree to appear at all required MCDTC court sessions

Components

The MCDTC has adopted the following key components as its essential tenets:

  • MCDTC integrates alcohol, drug treatment and behavioral health services with justice system case management
  • Using a non-adversarial approach, prosecution and defense counsel promote public safety while protecting participants’ due process rights
  • Eligible participants are identified early and promptly admitted to MCDTC
  • MCDTC provides access to a continuum of alcohol, drug, behavioral health and related treatment services
  • Sobriety is monitored by frequent alcohol and other drug testing
  • A coordinated strategy involving consistent case management that governs the responses to participants’ compliance
  • Ongoing judicial interaction with each participant is essential
  • Monitoring and evaluation measures the achievement of program goals and gauges effectiveness
  • Continuing interdisciplinary education promotes effective planning, implementation, and operation
  • Forging partnerships generates local support and enhances the DTC’s effectiveness

Testimonials

Carl, MCDTC Participant

“Participating in the program has really helped me get my life back together. They’ve given me all the resources I need to turn my life around. I feel like I’m part of a team now and everyone is rooting for me. They treat me like a regular person and want me to succeed.”

Anonymous MCDTC Participant

“The whole team, they give you the support you need…there’s resources, pretty much anything you ask for, if they’re able to do it, they’re going to try to do it to the best of their ability.”

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I want to represent myself during court appearances?

You must have an attorney to participate in MCDTC.

I don't have transportation. How am I supposed to get to treatment and court?

When available, MCDTC may provide bus tickets for transportation.

How often do I need to present to court?

It will depend on how well you are doing in the program. At the beginning, you typically will report once a week and then less frequently as you progress through the program. Unless you are told your appearance is waived, you must be present at all court appearances.

What's the benefit of going through MCDTC rather than the traditional court process?

Successful completion of the program may result in charges being reduced or dismissed which often results in a decrease of potential jail time, reduced fines and allows for a lesser impact to your overall criminal record.

What's a monitoring agency?

The agency that will be working with you while you are in MCDTC (Contracted Provider and/or Department of Corrections).

Do I need to appear for the MCDTC staffings?

Your attorney is the only one that should be present, you do not have to be present for staffing.

Do I need the court's permission to travel?

Court authorization is required for any out of Milwaukee travel. If you plan to travel either out of or within the state, you must get approval from the court if you will miss treatment sessions, drug screens or scheduled court reviews.

Contact Us

To make a referral or to obtain additional information, contact Adriana Trevino, MCDTC Coordinator (414) 223-1341 or email.

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MILWAUKEE COUNTY CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURTS

901 North 9th Street, Room 104
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233
(414) 278-5362

 

Office hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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