9. Components of a local drug court
All but one component is already funded
The component, which is not currently state funded, is that of the administrator or program manager. This team member works with the addict during intake, meets with defendant regularly, checks drug tests, prods the defendant to achieve compliance. The administrator's work with other team members is collecting and transmitting information and reports between team members, providing testing and other supplies to team members, prodding team members who may be tardy in relaying information to the team, transmitting data from team meetings and other meetings to the computerized MIS at the AOC and planning court events.
Drug courts use corrections-funded inpatient facilities. A local drug court frequently has a defendant who would not improve unless the defendant could first be placed for a time in a residential program. These are not administered by local drug court, but they are essential to recovery of a sizeable minority of drug court defendants. Referrals to these programs are not an expense of the local drug court. They receive their funding independent of drug courts. When an addict continues to test dirty, the court has the option to send the addict to one of these facilities even if Defendant does not want to go. The Baker case study above involved sending him to an inpatient facility despite his desire not to go. Referrals to inpatient facilities occur when it is believed that the defendant is unable to become drug free while still living in the community. Corrections operates facilities for men and for women which are available to defendants on probation. Other inpatient facilities are otherwise available depending on insurance, grants or charitable organization.