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Steve Ervin - Director
309 W. Main
Murfreesboro TN, 37130
Drug/DUI/Veterans/Mental Health Courts
525 N University Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
The initial screening criteria includes the following:
Must meet statutory requirements for suspended sentence
Must be a non-violent offender
Must have a current diagnosis of chemical dependency
Must be a resident of Rutherford or Cannon County
Offender must voluntarily agree to participate
Must not be charged with or have a prior conviction for drug trafficking
Must be potential agreement among sentencing judge, District Attorney’s office and Counsel for the accused that Drug Court would be an appropriate option.
Cannot have a hold or pending criminal charge from another jurisdiction
Cannot be acutely mentally ill or suicidal
Initially, the offender referred to the program reads the Participant Handbook and then fills out an application. An NCIC is requested from the District Attorney’s office. Once the background check is completed, the District Attorney’s office either approves or denies the offender’s admittance into our program. If they are approved, Drug Court staff conducts a personal interview. An Addiction Severity Index and CESI are completed at this time. This information is presented to the Drug Court Review Team and majority vote by the team determines if the offender is appropriate for the program. If the team finds the offender to be appropriate, the information is relayed to the District Attorney’s office, the Defense Attorney and the offender. If the judge is in agreement, the offender is court-ordered into the Drug Court Program.
The intensive treatment offered in Drug Court is a combination of education and therapy focused on identifying issues that could interfere with a recovery program. The Relapse Prevention Group identifies triggers and helps participants develop coping skills to deal with triggers and develop a safety plan to prevent relapse. The Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) Group is our criminal-thinking group. This group is designed to elevate the addict’s moral thinking. Participants start making goals and looking outward, instead of concentrating on their own desires for pleasure. The Cognitive-Behavioral Skills (CBS) Group teaches participants about the power of their thinking and how their thinking is linked to their emotions and behaviors. Our Emotions Groups are gender groups where participants learn how to identify feelings and how to cope with them. Some examples of issues participants might work on in this group are depression, anxiety, codependency, anger management, forgiveness, recovery from abuse, and parenting. Family Group is a safe place for participants to practice the skills they are learning with a family member that supports their recovery efforts. Learning healthier communication skills and healing relationships is a focus of this group. The Continuing Care Group looks at the participants’ environment and starts working on healing relationships, developing parenting skills, and having healthy relationships. The self-help support groups that we require three times a week can be AA, NA, Celebrate Recovery, Drug Court Support Group, or any approved group that meets regularly to provide support to the participant.