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The mission of the St. Mary’s County Adult Substance Abuse Recovery Court is to promote public safety and reduce the economic impact of crime in our community by providing a judicially supervised regimen of treatment for the purpose of breaking addiction, thereby eliminating criminal behavior and producing clean, sober, and contributing members of society.
GOAL: To break addiction that has resulted in criminal behavior.
OBJECTIVE: Assess, identify and refer participants to appropriate community resources. Create a supportive Environment. Provide adequate follow-up and continuing care.
GOAL: To promote public safety and reduce the economic impact of crime and addiction in our county.
OBJECTIVES: An average of 50% of graduates to not receive a new criminal conviction for 3 years from graduation.
Hon. Judge Joseph M. Stanalonis
Assistant State’s Attorney, Kevin R. Hill
Daniel Ross, Parole and Probation
Betty Caldwell, Case Manager
The Jude House, Treatment Provider
Office of the Public Defender
Kristie Ardire, St. Mary’s County Detention Center
Monica Thomas, St. Mary’s County Detention Center
Pete Cuccinotta, Program Coordinator
SARC works on a phase system. The program is broken down into 4 phases. Each phase has a specific set of requirements to successfully complete. After you have completed all 4 phases of the program you are eligible for graduation. In order to move from each phase you must have completed all items and receive approval from the SARC team. Generally you will be required to pay some fees for your treatment and drug testing, including alcohol monitoring. These would be in addition to any fees you are required to pay P &P. You could be held up in a phase due to new charges or fees owed and remain in that phase until charges/fees are resolved.
Phase I- Minimum of 30 DAYS in the Community
Phase II- Minimum of 60 Days and successful completion of prior phase
Phase III- Minimum of 90 days and successful completion of prior phase
Phase IV- Minimum of 180 days and successful completion of previous phase
The St. Mary’s County Adult Substance Abuse Recovery Court (S.A.R.C.) began operating in 2009. It was modeled after “Drug Courts” operating nationwide (2000+) including in Maryland (44). What do “Recovery Courts do’?
Recovery Courts create a “team” of professionals (treatment/case management/prosecution/defense/law enforcement) to work together in addressing the changes needed by criminal offenders with substance abuse problems to adopt and maintain an “abstinence” based lifestyle.
Recovery Court is designed to keep qualifying addicted offenders in the community, treat their addiction, and develop a successfully abstinent lifestyle instead of incarceration and recidivism.
Persons who have a significant criminal history which is driven by drug and alcohol abuse, or repeat DUI’s, who would otherwise be incarcerated for a current conviction or a violation of probation. Persons who have had sexual offenses or convictions for violent crimes are not eligible.
Incarceration - $99-105 per day, $36,135-38,325 per year
Recovery Court - $19 per day , $7,105 per year
After Incarceration (without drug court) - 67% rearrested within 3 years (national average) After Recovery/Drug Court graduation- up to 40% rearrested (nationwide) St. Mary’s Recovery Court graduation - 20% rearrested within 3 years
In a recent 12 month period, the St. Mary’s County Recovery Court tested participants more than 6,800 times for drugs and alcohol. The tests covered over 39,000 drugs, including alcohol. The confirmed positives were less than 1%. This is a significant overall reduction in the use of drugs and alcohol. And, for most, it represents a 100% reduction in the use of illicit drugs and alcohol.
A minimum of a year of participation, including regular and frequent testing, treatment, frequent court attendance, Recovery Support meeting attendance, obtaining employment and appropriate housing, and continued abstinence, leading to graduation from the program.