Problem-Solving Courts

Problem-Solving Courts

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All Nebraska Drug and other Problem-Solving courts are governed by the Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Problem-Solving Courts under the direction of the Nebraska Supreme Court. Members include representatives of courts, probation, law enforcement and the legal community along with judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys.

Nebraska problem-solving courts are an institution of the Nebraska Supreme Court utilizing innovative court programs through which individuals and families thrive, and all Nebraska communities become safer.

Problem-solving courts operate within the district, county or juvenile courts and include programs established for the treatment of problems related to substance abuse, mental health, and domestic violence.  Problem-solving courts are post plea or post adjudicatory intensive supervision treatment programs designed for high risk and high need individuals.  Nebraska Problem-Solving Courts can only be established with the approval of the Nebraska Supreme Court. The purpose of the program is to reduce recidivism by fostering a comprehensive and coordinated court response using early intervention, appropriate treatment, intensive supervision, and consistent judicial oversight.  Problem-solving courts adhere to the 10 Key Components approved by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and best practice standards.

Problem-solving courts in Nebraska operate under a team approach where a judge, prosecutor, defense counsel, coordinator, community supervision officer, law enforcement, and treatment provider(s) work together to design an individualized program.  Compliance with treatment and court orders is verified by frequent alcohol/drug testing, close community supervision, and interaction with a Judge in non-adversarial court review hearings.  Problem-solving courts enhance close monitoring of participants using home and field visits

Problem-Solving Courts Authorization, Rules and Legislation

 

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Contact:

Adam Jorgensen, Statewide Problem-Solving Court Coordinator
521 S. 14th St., Ste.220
Lincoln, NE 68508
adam.jorgensen@nebraska.gov
402.471.4415

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Court Models
Court Models

Adult Drug Treatment Courts

A specially designed court calendar or docket, the purposes of which are to achieve a reduction in recidivism and substance abuse among nonviolent substance abusing offenders and to increase the offender’s likelihood of successful habilitation through early, continuous, and intense judicially supervised treatment, mandatory periodic drug testing, community supervision, and use of appropriate sanctions and other rehabilitation services (Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2005).

DUI/Drug Treatment Courts

DUI drug treatment courts programs utilize the drug treatment courts model with impaired drivers. A DUI drug treatment courts is a distinct court docket dedicated to changing the behavior of the alcohol/drug dependant offenders arrested for Driving While Impaired (DWI). The goal of DUI drug treatment courts is to protect public safety by using the drug courts model to address the root cause of impaired driving, alcohol and other substance abuse. With the hard-core drinking driver as its primary target population, DUI drug treatment courts follow the Ten Key Components of Drug Courts and the Ten Guiding Principles of DWI Courts, as established by the National Association of Drug Courts Professionals and the National Drug Courts Institute. DUI drug treatment courts operate within a post- conviction model. The DUI drug courts team uses a team-oriented approach to systematically change participant behavior. Compliance with treatment and other court-mandated requirements is verified by frequent alcohol/drug testing, close community supervision, and interaction with the judge in non-adversarial court review hearings. During these review hearings the judge employs a science-based response to participant compliance (or non-compliance) in an effort to further the team’s goal to encourage pro-social, sober behaviors that will prevent DUI recidivism (Loeffler & Huddleston, 2003). DWI courts often enhance their close monitoring of offenders using home and field visits, as well as technological innovations such as Ignition Interlock devices and the SCRAM transdermal alcohol detection device (Harberts & Waters, 2006).

Family Drug Treatment Courts

Family dependency treatment courts is a juvenile or family courts docket of which selected abuse, neglect, and dependency cases are identified where parental substance abuse is a primary factor. Judges, attorneys, child protection services, and treatment personnel unite with the goal of providing safe, nurturing, and permanent homes for children while simultaneously providing parents the necessary support and services to become drug and alcohol abstinent. Family dependency treatment courts aid parents in regaining control of their lives and promote long-term stabilized recovery to enhance the possibility of family reunification within mandatory legal timeframes (Wheeler & Siegerist, 2003).

Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts

A juvenile drug courts is a docket within a juvenile courts to which selected delinquency cases, and in some instances, status offenders, are referred for handling by a designated judge. The youth referred to this docket are identified as having problems with alcohol and/or other drugs. The juvenile drug courts judge maintains close oversight of each case through regular status hearings with the parties involved. The judge both leads and works as a member of a team that comprises representatives from treatment, juvenile justice, social and mental health services, school and vocational training programs, law enforcement, probation, the prosecution, and the defense. Over the course of a year or more, the team meets frequently (often weekly), determining how best to address the substance abuse and related problems of the youth and his or her family that have brought the youth into contact with the justice system (BJA, 2003).

Young Adult Court

Young Adult Court is a judicially supervised program that provides a sentencing alternative, for youthful offenders up to age 25, who have been charged with a felony offense and required to participate in a program of selective assessment and rehabilitative services administered by multidisciplinary agencies.  Key aspects of the Young Adult Court are community supervision, substance use treatment, mental health assistance, education, employment and frequent drug testing. The goal of this 18 to 24-month program is to stabilize participant’s lives by providing tools for success, thus reducing recidivism.

Reentry Courts

In conjunction with Justice Reinvestment, the Nebraska Supreme Court’s Problem-Solving Court Committee is presently working on standards for reentry (post incarceration) courts with a targeted completion date of April, 2017.

Mental Health Courts

National research has supported mental health courts as effectively reducing recidivism among participants, improving mental health outcomes, and reducing the length of incarceration for participants. (Mental Health America, 2009)   The Nebraska Supreme Court’s Problem-Solving Court Committee is presently working on standards for mental health courts.

Veterans Treatment Courts

Nebraska Veterans Treatment Courts are designed to reduce recidivism by fostering a comprehensive and coordinated court response using early intervention, appropriate treatment, intensive supervision, and consistent judicial oversight.  Nebraska Veterans Treatment Courts adhere to the Nebraska Veterans Treatment Courts Best Practice Standards. Veterans Treatment Courts operate under a team approach where a judge, prosecutor, defense counsel, coordinator, community supervision officer, law enforcement, treatment provider(s), Veterans Health Administration, and other key team members work together to design an individualized program for each participant.  Compliance with treatment and court orders is verified by frequent alcohol/drug testing, close community supervision, and judicial interaction in non-adversarial court review hearings.  Veterans Treatment Courts enhance close monitoring of participants using home and field visits.

Resources
Resources
Contact Information
Contact Information
District Court Address City Phone Contact
1

Southeast Nebraska Adult Drug Court

215 S. Court Street

Wilber

(402) 821-3341

Amanda Van Asperen

2

Sarpy County Adult Drug Court

1210 Golden Gate Drive

Papillion

(402) 593-2132

Creston Ashburn

2

Sarpy County Family
Dependency Drug Court

1210 Golden Gate Drive

Papillion

(402) 593-2259

Paula Creps

2

Sarpy County Juvenile Drug Court

1210 Golden Gate Drive

Papillion

(402) 593-2132

Creston Ashburn

3

Lancaster County Adult Drug Court

575 S. 10th Street

Lincoln

(402) 441-8122

Landon Parks

3

Lancaster County Veterans
Treatment Court

2202 S. 11th St

Lincoln

(402) 441-6909

Toney Conell 

3

Lancaster County Juvenile Drug Court

575 S. 10th Street

Lincoln

(402) 441-8122

Wendy Barrera

3

Lancaster County Family Drug Court

575 S. 10th Street

Lincoln

(402) 441-3857

Theresa Emmert

4

Douglas County Adult Drug Court

1701 Farnam Street

Omaha

(402) 599-2655

Paul Yakel

4

Douglas County Family Recovery
Drug Court

1701 Farnam Street

Omaha

(402) 444-7889 Judge Wadie Johnson
4

Douglas County Veterans Treatment Court

1701 Farnam Street

Omaha

(402) 444-4210

Robert Blanchard

4

Douglas County Young Adult Court

1701 Farnam Street

Omaha

(402) 444-4210

Robert Blanchard

5

5th Judicial District Problem
Solving Court 

1111 13th Street

Aurora

(402) 362-6540

Cindy Betka

5

5th Judicial District Problem
Solving Court 

510 Lincoln Ave.

York 

(402) 362-6540

Cindy Betka

6

District Six Adult Drug Court

1555 Colfax Street

Blair

(402)426-6808

Vacant

6

District Six Adult Drug Court

428 N. Broad Street

Fremont

(402) 727-2780

Vacant

7

Northeast Nebraska Adult Drug Court

602 Iron Horse Drive

Norfolk

(402) 371-8568

Matt McManigal

8

North Central Problem-Solving
Court (North)

204 N. 4th Street

O'Neill

(402) 340-3461

Doug Stanton

8

North Central Problem-Solving
Court (South)

604 Heritage Dr.

Broken Bow

(402) 340-3461

Doug Stanton

9

Central Nebraska Adult Drug Court

1512 Central Avenue

Kearney

(402) 984-7805

Todd Rosno

9

Central Nebraska Adult Drug Court

111 W. First Street

Grand Island

(402) 984-7805

Todd Rosno

10

Central Nebraska Adult Drug Court

500 W. 4th Street

Hastings

(402) 984-7805

Todd Rosno

10

Central Nebraska Family Drug Court

500 W. 4th Street

Hastings

(402) 984-7805

Todd Rosno

11

Midwest Nebraska Adult Drug Court

700 N. Washington

Lexington

(402) 324-5615

Vacant

11

Midwest Nebraska Adult Drug Court

301 N. Jeffers Street

North Platte

(402) 324-5615

Vacant

12

Scotts Bluff County Adult
Drug Court/DUI Court

1825 10th Street

Gering 

(402) 436-6655

Crystal Newton