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Six participants awarded in Children’s Drug Treatment Programme

Court Management Services | 2016-07-12 00:00:00

Six participants enrolled in the Children’s Drug Treatment Programme at the Kingston and St. Andrew Family Court, were this morning awarded certificates for successfully completing the programme. The ceremony to recognise the participants, was held under the theme “Recovery is a process, not an event”.

The Pilot Project for a Drug Treatment Programme for children began at the Kingston and St. Andrew  Family Court in September 2014; however, Drug Treatment Courts (DTCs) have existed in Jamaica since 2001.  The DTC is designed to provide judicial supervision to drug dependent offenders who have consented to participate in the programme. Participants benefit from treatment for drug addiction and/or dependency and regular monitoring by the court, including the Judge, Probation Aftercare Officer, and treatment providers specializing in substance abuse counselling, drug detoxification and rehabilitation. The programme also focuses on improving the parenting skills of caregivers for the children and imparting life skills to participants.

The programme requires the offender to abstain from drugs and this is monitored by frequent drug testing. Participants are required to be drug free for at least nine months before they complete the programme.

Chief Justice Zaila McCalla OJ, in her remarks, encouraged the participants not to disappoint those who are supporting them and wished for them “a very bright and drug free future”.

Also speaking at the event, OAS representative Ms. Jeanelle van Glaanen Weygel, commended the participants for their courage, and the brave steps they have taken to take control of their lives. She went on to state that the participants are ‘lucky’ because Jamaica is only one of fourteen (14) OAS states with Drug Treatment Courts, and one of the few with a Drug Treatment Programme for Children. She congratulated Jamaica for being the leader in the region in implementing the Courts/Programme.

Additionally, Senior Parish Court Judge for the Kingston and St. Andrew Family Court, Her Honour Paula Blake Powell expressed gratitude to the partners who contributed to the programme’s success; they include USAID/ COMET II, the Organization of American States (OAS), National Council on Drug Abuse, RISE Life Management Services, Probation Aftercare Services and the Child Development Agency.

Posted By :Leighton Beckles

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