The Power to Choose is the
family-focused juvenile drug treatment court which provides specialized
intensive services to youth who are non-violent repeat offenders and have been
charged with drug, alcohol or related offenses.
After being assessed as severely substance
abusing or chemically dependent, youth are provided with frequent judicial
supervision, intensive drug treatment, frequent random drug testing and regular
probationary counseling in the Options program. Youth are also expected to
attend a recovery support group such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics
Anonymous (NA) or Smart Recovery meetings as assigned and to abide by the rules
of their individual households.
Consequences are administered quickly for
non-compliance with court expectations and can include imposition of curfew,
community service hours, letters of apology, loss of privileges, home detention
and even short-term incarceration.
Rewards are also provided to encourage
improvement in self-discipline and performance. These can include increases in
freedom, gift certificates, token gifts, and significant public praise.
Supports are provided for getting and keeping a job and remaining and
performing appropriately in school.
Families of participants are expected to be
thoroughly involved in the Options process.
For more information about Options, contact Jacqueline Howes-Evanson, Drug Treatment Court Supervisor, at 248-452-2154 or
send an email