Family Drug Treatment Court Standards Supreme Court of Virginia
by wpengine / Friday, 05 May 2017 / Published in Uncategorized
The purpose of these standards is to provide a general framework of common principles, policies and practices for the approval of new drug treatment courts in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The standards present a single orientation from which the judicial branch (including judges and all court personnel), the defense bar, guardians ad litem, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), local government, law enforcement, social service agencies, and public and private treatment providers address problems of substance abuse which pervade the court system’s criminal and abuse and neglect caseload. Each standard includes practices or recommended steps to be taken by courts in responding effectively to the toxic mix of child abuse and neglect and substance abuse. The steps are stated broadly in order to leave room for each drug treatment court to meet local needs.