Measuring the success of your drug court is important for several reasons. You should be able to support your claims of being a great diversionary program that supports people in long-term recovery with numbers and data. Also, analyzing outcomes can help identify areas in which your court could improve and highlight areas in which you are serving your clients well. Measuring success is done by collecting many different metrics, but one of the most important metrics is your graduates’ long-term quality of life.
Mona Summer and Jeffery Kushner have developed a process for following up with your graduates and collecting information about their quality of life based on research by Dr. Michael Dennis of Chestnut Health Systems. Their guide, called Recovery Maintenance Check-In, also provides your staff the opportunity to continue to support graduates in their recovery by re-affirming coping strategies and provide recommendations for continued services. Research has shown that maintaining contact with graduates, particularly during the 90 days post discharge from drug court, can have a significant impact on the prevention of relapse, re-offense and the maintenance of recovery.