Adult Drug Court

The Kane County Drug Rehabilitation Court (KCDRC) provides an alternative to incarceration for defendants whose criminal behavior is linked to the abuse of drugs. It is the mission of KCDRC to reduce the incidence of drug use, drug addiction and crimes committed as a result of drug use and addiction. This specialized court brings together substance abuse professionals and local social service programs who work with justice professionals in a non-adversarial, collaborative approach. The presiding judge and probation team maintain extremely close supervision of each individual in the Drug Rehabilitation Court program. All participants are required to have frequent court appearances, successfully complete treatment, secure employment and be randomly drug tested a minimum of twice per week. Incentives, sanctions and therapeutic adjustments are given to motivate participants to make positive changes in thinking and behavior. Approximately 750 participants have successfully graduated from the program since the inception of the program in 2000.

Eligibility Requirements

Referral Form

How to apply


Consent to Participate

Addendum to Consent

Participant Handbook


Juvenile Drug Court (JDC)

The purpose of the Juvenile Drug Court is to eliminate the misuse of substances by the non-violent, delinquent offender at home, school and in the community through intensive court supervision and treatment. The program exists to provide non-adversarial, strength based approach to meeting the needs of juvenile substance abusers in Kane County. Minors who meet basic eligibility requirements, which include but are not limited to being non-violent offenders, having been assessed as having a substance abuse disorder and are residents of Kane County, may be considered for the program.

Eligibility Requirements

A minor can be referred to the JDC by the Judge, State's Attorney, Defense Attorney or Probation Officer. If a minor meets the basic eligibility requirements, they will be screened by the Drug Court Coordinator. Minors must be between the ages of 14-17 upon entry to the program, be non- violent offenders and have no current involvement in gangs or a history of gang membership. Once referred, the minors are assessed by substance abuse treatment facility and recommendations for treatment are reported. The Drug Court Team then votes on whether to admit the minor to the program. If accepted, the Kane County State's Attorney's Office and the minor's attorney work out an agreement and the minor pleas into the JDC.

Program Overview

The JDC is comprised of a multidisciplinary team that meets on a weekly basis to provide monitoring and guidance to each JDC participant. The JDC is a four phase program providing participants with increased freedom and responsibility as they demonstrate the ability to abide by family, school, community and court expectations. With consistent progress, the program can be completed as quickly as 6 ½ months. Each phase requires that minor and a supportive family member to participate in substance abuse treatment as well as frequent appearances before the Judge and the JDC Team. Random drug screens are conducted as many as five times per week. Behavior modification is at the heart of the JDC. The Judge administers incentives and sanctions in an immediate and consistent manner, creaking a link between behavior and consequences, which is key in the development of positive behavior change. In order to graduate from the JDC program, participants must successfully complete all four phases and maintain sobriety for a minimum of three months. The JDC Team determines when each participant has completed goals of each phase and is ready to be promoted within the program or for graduation.

Treatment Alternative Court (TAC)

The Kane County Treatment Alternative Court began operation in February 2006, accepting the first participant into the program in April 2006. The mission of the Kane County Treatment Alternative Court (TAC) is to guarantee justice for criminal defendants with mental illness, co-occurring disorders, or developmental disabilities, to enhance public safety and promote the continuity of mental health care in the community. TAC is intended to be a systematic approach that brings together community based agencies to address defendant's needs and to provide comprehensive case management in an effort to reduce future criminal activity and incarceration in the Kane County Adult Justice Center.  The defendants work closely with the Court Personnel and the treatment team to facilitate positive behavioral change and reduce criminal recidivism.  Additional objectives of the program are to create effective interactions between mental health and criminal justice systems, improve public safety, and reduce the length of confinement of mentally ill defendants.

Referral Process

Referrals for the Treatment Alternative Court program will be accepted from a presiding Judge, State's Attorney, Public Defender, Private Attorney, Kane County Diagnostic Center representative, or other appropriate source as determined by the Treatment Alternative Court team. Referrals for the program are made directly to the Program Coordinator in the form of a completed referral sheet. Defendants may be referred to the Treatment Alternative Court program as the result of a new charge only.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Kane County Residency
  2. 18 years or older at the time of program acceptance
  3. Non-Violent Offenders
  4. Guilty Plea to Current Charges
  5. Approval from State's Attorney's Office
  6. Verification of Mental Illness, co-occurring disorder, or developmental disability
  7. Willingness to Participate