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.
How to apply
Consent to Participate
Addendum to Consent
Participant Handbook Spanish
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.
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.