Karlene Behringer
Trial Court Administrator
Email: kbehringer@kcgov.us

Jamie Johnson
Assistant to the Trial Court Administrator
Email: jjohnson@kcgov.us

P: (208) 446-1217
F: (208) 446-1224

Physical Address:
501 Government Way
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
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Drug Court Overview

Elgibility Criteria

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Please contact the Drug Court Coordinator for current eligibility criteria using the Contact Information box to the right.


Contact Information
Tanya Reynolds, Drug Court Coordinator
Email: treynolds@kcgov.us

P: (208) 446-1220
F: (208) 446-1224

Physical Address: Click here for map.
501 Government Way, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814
 

Mission Statement
This program was created to give drug-addicted offenders the opportunity to enter recovery and address their addiction . If you decide to enter this program or are entering as a condition of probation, it will mean a chance to regain your life, mend your relationships, and become a positive member of the community. This program will be hard and require your total commitment, but the time and effort will be well worth it in the end as you regain control over your life.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

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What if I have a serious medical condition?

In general, if you have a serious medical condition you will not be excluded from Drug Court. You must be willing to fully disclose your condition and medical care to the treatment providers and Drug Court team. If you are taking a prescribed medication for your condition, you must continue to do so. Although we can be flexible and work around your condition, you must be able to engage in and complete treatment.

Can I use prescription medication?

As a general rule, Drug Court participants are expected to be drug free, including the unauthorized use of prescription medication.

If your doctor prescribes medication, you must bring in the prescription to your probation officer as well as the drug testing facility. You will then sign a release so that your probation officer can verify the prescription. While in Drug Court, you must use ONE doctor or ONE dentist and ONE pharmacy. We also require that you notify the medical professional of your addiction and that you request non-narcotic pain medications when a prescription is being recommended.

What happens once I am in the program?

You will be required to participate fully in the program to graduate from Drug Court. This will inlude random drug testing, court appearances, making payments, verifying self-help meetings, individual and group therapy, completing GED if ordered, as well as on-going contact with your probation officer.

What if I want to travel outside of Kootenai County?

If you need to travel outside Kootenai County, you must first contact your probation officer to request permission to leave. As a condition of travel, the probation officer my require you to submit to a drug test prior to leaving and immediately upon return. Another condition may be that a treatment group not be missed. If a treatment group would be missed, further permission from your treatment provider would be required.

What sanctions are given?

If you do not comply with the treatment tasks, probation conditions, or do not attend mandatory meetings, the Judge will sanction your actions. Possible sanctions include but are not limited to:

  • Increased AA/NA meetings
  • Writing assignments
  • Return to prior phase
  • Increased drug testing
  • Electronic monitoring
  • Jail time
  • Sheriff's labor program
  • Community service hours

How do drug screens work?

You will be required to provide ongoing random urine samples to monitor your progress. A same-sex employee at the testing facility will supervise you when you give a specimen. Urinalysis reports are documented and available to the court. Any positive urine screens, tampered samples or refusal to provide a sample may be grounds for sanctions from the judge.

Poppy seeds are a concentrated form of opium and should not be eaten, Some "power drinks" contain pseudoephedrine and are not to be taken. Your recovery is important. Staying away from these items will not only give you clean tests, it will keep substances out of your system which may trigger old addictions.

You must be very careful not to ingest:

  • Alcohol
  • Poppy seeds in any form (muffins, breads, bagels, etc.)
  • Flushing Agents
  • "Natural" or herbal remedies
  • "Power" drinkds (Red Bull and others)
  • All over-the-counter medications (such as Nyquil and including nasal sprays) without prior approval from your probations officer
  • Metabolife or other over the counter diet aids
  • Controlled substances
  • Excessive Water

What if I relapse?

You may relapse during this program, but that just means you have more work to do. It does not necessarily mean, however, that you will be terminated from the program. The Drug Court team understands that addiction is a devastating disease which consumes you. All we ask is that you are honest and tell us if it happens. That way the team can make sure the program is fitting your needs, or if you need something different or something more.

What are grounds for termination from Drug Court?

You will be terminated from Drug Court if you do not comply with the treatment. Although a relapse is not absolute grounds for termination, a continual inability to meet your treatment goals will result in expulsion. There are several grounds for possible termination. These include:

  • Possession of alcohol, drugs, or paraphernalia at your residence, in your car or on your person.
  • Attending a treatment group under the influence.
  • New charges, especially violent or sexual crimes
  • Corrupting or negatively influencing another Drug Court Participant.
  • Tampering with a UA sample, using the urine of someone else for your own, or allowing someone else to use your urine for their sample.
  • Any instance necessitating the issuance of a bench warrant.

What happens if I'm terminated from Drug Court?

If you are terminated from Drug Court you will not get a trial. When you opted in to Drug Court you waived your right to a trial and pled guilty to the felony offense. The matter will be referred to the assigned Distict Judge for sentencing. The Drug Court will allow you to have an OSC, admit/deny hearing, mitigation hearing and/or be heard before dismissal from the program if you so request.

What are my conditions of probation in Drug Court?

Some of the standard conditions of probation in Drug Court are as follows.

  • Should I be terminated from the treatment program, I will be sentenced by the Court based upon my admission to the probation violation(s) (or if a new charge, based upon my guilty plea).
  • Shall participate in and complete the Drug Court Personal Recovery Program as designed by my treatment provider to the satisfaction of the Court.
  • Shall not knowingly associate with persons using or possessing controlled substances and shall not associate with any person(s) the Court or probations officer specifically restricts me from associating with, this may include family members.
  • Shall not work with any police agency on drug cases or cases where I may come into contact with controlled substances. I may voluntarily provide historical informaition to a police agency regarding my involvement with controlled substances.
  • Pay a non-refundable participation fee in an amount to be determined based on ability to pay, not to exceed $300.00 per month. Should i be terminated from the program for any reason, the participation fee and any unpaid treatment costs will still be due and owing.
  • Any failure of the treatment program (including but not limited to positive urinalysis tests, missing treatment, violation of release conditions, commission of a new crime) may result in modification of the treatment program, release conditions, revocations of my release, and/or termination from the program.
  • Seek and maintain employment or obtain employment counseling, complete high school or obtain a G.E.D. as directed by the Court. Must be employed fulltime or alternative as ordered by your probation officer.
  • Appear in court for any scheduled hearings regardless of my compliance with the treatment program.
  • Length of time of participation in the program is ordinarily 18 months, but the Court may extend the program to allow me additional time to successfully complete my program requirements.
  • Report any change of address and/or phone number to the Court and my treatment provider within 48 hours. I must get permission from my probation officer prior to moving.
  • Submit to random urinalysis testing at my own expense. Any unpaid tests at termination will still be due and owing.
  • Maintain regular contact with my attorney
  • Appear for all court dates.
  • Remain in Kootenai County, except for employment, court, or family visitation purposes with permission of your Probation Officer. Permission must be obtained 5 days prior to leaving.
  • Commit no law violations.
  • Shall not possess or use a police band scanner.
  • Report all law enforcement contacts immediately to probation officer (ANY contact even if not arrested or cited).
  • Not use or possess any non-prescribed substance(s) or alcohol. All prescriptions must be shown to probation officer, treatment personnel and drug testing personnel immediately upon receipt.
  • If you have a current prescription, you must take any prescribed medications in the prescribed dosages at the prescribed times.
  • Not use or possess any substances intended to alter the results of a test of my blood, breath, or urine. All positive, adulterated or diluted UA's are considered to be positive.
  • Shall report to/be available for contact with probation officer, counselor, and treatment provider.
  • Shall not use, possess, or sell any illegal controlled substances or drug paraphernalia.
  • Shall obey all geographic restrictions set forth by the Drug Court Judge or probation officer.
  • Shall be prohibited from possessing a weapon or look-alike weapon or ammunition.
  • Consent to interviews in residence upon request of counselor, treatment provider or probation officer.
  • Shall not take any health supplements or herbal pills, powders, or "remedies." Only allowed one brand name over-the-counter daily multi-vitamin unless doctor prescribed. Also shall not consume any poppy seed products.
  • Cannot go to any local casino.
  • May not enter any establishments wherein the primary source of income is the dispensing of alcoholic beverages (NO BARS, LIQUOR STORES, ALCOHOL CRUISES, OR TAVERNS).
  • Must abide by 10:00 p.m. curfew unless receiving prior permission or curfew change by probation officer.
  • Must live in Kootenai County.
  • Upon entry into the program, you will review each one of these conditions with your probation officer and initial each one.

Conclusion

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The information contained on this site is not updated often. To obtain current, accurate program information, contact the Drug Court Coordinator. The Drug Court program has been developed to help you achieve stability in your life. The program is designed to promote self-sufficiency and to return you to the community as a productive and responsible citizen. The judge, probation officer, treatment provider, and community resources are present to guide and assist you, but the final responsibility is yours.


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