Who is on a Steering Committee?

Who is on a Steering Committee?

A steering committee shall be comprised of executive level personnel from each agency involved or impacted by the proposed drug court program. Members from non-court related community entities should also be considered when assembling a steering committee. These members should be considered for the political support or potential resources that they may bring to the table in support of the drug court planning process. Potential members should reflect a broad cross-section of the community. In this regard, members may include representatives of civic clubs (Rotary, Lions, etc.), health agencies, local press/media, vocational/educational services, faith community, private foundations, etc.

The following information will assist you in beginning to identify who should serve on the drug court steering committee?

  • The proposed steering committee members should reflect a representative cross-section of your community
  • The steering committee are Key Stakeholders within the community that have a vested interest in the drug court program, the population you intend to serve, and the agencies impacted by the implementation of this model What possible resources could each prospective steering committee member bring to the drug court planning effort and ultimately, the oversight of your program?
  • How often will the steering committee meet to evaluate the effectiveness of the drug court and propose solutions to service gaps and political and physical barriers?

Chief / Presiding Judge; Chief Prosecutor /Defense Counsel; Chief Private Counsel / Local Bar Assoc.; Chief Court Administrator / Clerk; Probation / Pretrial Services; Police Chief/Sheriff; Media/Community Groups; Substance Abuse Treatment Providers/Agencies; Mental Health Treatment Providers/Agencies; Other State Agencies- Education etc.; Vocational & Educational Communities; Job Skills -Training & Placement Agencies; Chamber of Commerce; Welfare to Work Programs; Victim Groups (MADD, etc); Anticrime and anti-drug coalitions; Ex-offender / ex-addict groups; Police or Sheriffs Association; Department of Corrections; For DWI Courts in addition to above list; MADD; Highway Traffic Safety Office.

National Drug Court Institute

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