Drug Court Judge: Honorable Keith M. Spaeth
The mission of Drug Court is to enhance public safety by preventing recidivism, while assisting participants in taking responsibility for their behavioral health issues. Drug Court shall use effective, evidence-based interventions and treatments in a holistic, accountability-based, community-supported approach.
Goals and Objectives
Goal: Assist participants to lead a clean and sober lifestyle.
Objective: Participants shall abstain from abusing illegal drugs and prescription medications, which shall be monitored through random/observed drug testing.
Goal: Enhance the community and public safety by reducing recidivism.
Objective: Participants shall be supervised by the Butler County Adult Probation Department to ensure additional crimes are not committed.
Goal: Improve living circumstances of participants involved in the Program.
Objective: Participants shall obtain stable employment, stable housing, and establish pro-social relationships while in CDAT.
Four Routes: A Defendant may make an application to be referred to CDAT in one of four ways. First, in cases in which the defendant has filed a motion for Intervention in Lieu of Conviction, defense counsel may submit a signed application form to begin the evaluation process. The Judge assigned to the case must also sign the application, a PSI interview and a substance abuse assessment will be scheduled. Second, following a conviction and prior to sentencing, the assigned Judge may refer the case for consideration to CDAT. At that time a PSI and substance abuse assessment will be completed. Third, in conjunction with an alleged Probation Violation, the Adult Probation Department may recommend to the sentencing Judge that the case be referred to CDAT. In that case, the sentencing Judge may refer the case to CDAT. Fourth, Judicial Release at the discretion of the sentencing Judge, an application is to be submitted to the Specialty Court's office. The offender must be amenable to community control (i.e. not serving mandatory time). An assessment will be conducted prior to the Judicial Release hearing, the CDAT team shall review the case (using an updated PSI, the Community Behavioral Health, Inc. assessment, and a conduct report from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections) to determine if the offender is appropriate for CDAT, the CDAT Judge shall have the discretion to decide admission into the Program.
Minimum Supervision: Any defendant applying for CDAT must be reporting either to Pre-Trial Services or to the APD and submitting drug screens not less than once per week, unless the defendant is incarcerated.
Staffing: Applications are staffed by the CDAT team and the Judge each Wednesday at 1:30 pm. Defense counsel and the prosecutor may participate at the staffing, provided that they either first submit a request to participate to the specialty court's office. If either the defense counsel or the prosecutor request to participate in the staffing, both shall then be required to attend. In which event, the specialty court's office will notify defense counsel and the prosecutor of the date and time the staffing is scheduled. To receive a Specialty Court Application, Click Here.
A Participation Agreement has been created detailing the rights and responsibilities of the participants in CDAT. The participant has a right to the detailed, written Participation Agreement outlining the requirements and processes of CDAT. The Participation Agreement includes the participant’s right to request the attendance of defense counsel during the portion of the treatment team meeting concerning the participant. To receive a Drug Court Participation Agreement, Click Here.
A Participant Handbook has been created detailing CDAT requirements, rules, phases, incentives, sanctions, and termination criteria. The participant shall receive a written copy of the Participant Handbook. To receive a Drug Court Participant Handbook, Click Here.
Kristen Plieninger, Manager