Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $749,992)
In 2008, in response to the growing number of repeat offenders, Judge Douglas Hedger established the Assistance in Breaking the Cycle (A.B.C.) Court, a diversionary drug court program focused on decreasing recidivism within the community, by addressing drug and alcohol addiction and providing treatment and support for long term recovery. A.B.C. Court is located in the City of Henderson, which is approximately 16 miles from Las Vegas, Nevada and is the second largest city in Nevada with a growing population of over 317,000 residents. Upon Judge Hedger’s retirement in 2021, Judge Jeremy Cooley was appointed to replace him. Judge Cooley’s email address is [email protected] and his office number is 702-267-3354.
The program is designed as a therapeutic environment, offering individualized treatment plans, intensive outpatient or inpatient treatments, educational/vocational assistance, life skills, and takes a collaborative approach to supervision. A.B.C. Court’s program consists of five phases, with participants graduating after an average of fourteen months.
A.B.C. Court is requesting a total amount of $750,000.00 for four years to continue to expand and enhance the program. Without Federal funding, A.B.C. Court has a threshold limit of 20 participants. With Federal funding, the threshold limit will double to a total of 40 participants and increase and enhance the services currently provided.
A.B.C. Court’s target population includes individuals who have a drug and/or alcohol addiction, are at the risk of reoffending and who would benefit from drug court diversion, in lieu of traditional court intervention. A.B.C. Court is inclusionary of all genders, races, age, physical disabilities, and socioeconomic levels.
MAT services are available to participants through the Court’s partnership with Crossroads of Southern Nevada. A.B.C. Court’s plan to reduce opioid, stimulant, and other substance- use or misuse, includes a contracted Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who performs the duties of a Case Manager. The Case Manager is responsible for deploying evidence-based assessments and designing individualized treatment plans. The Court also contracts with an Outreach Coordinator, our Outreach Coordinator is responsible for shelter accommodations for our male participants, this includes: conducting random drug testing, counseling services, and providing a safe and sober living environment. The Case Manager and Outreach Coordinator are active members of the A.B.C. Court team and provide weekly reports on participants.
A.B.C. Court’s application will address all NADCP’s Adult Drug Court Best Practices Standards. A.B.C. Court has submitted a grant application to the Administrative Office of the Courts; awards are still pending.