Eighth Judicial District Court Specialty Court Programs

The Eighth Judicial District Court operates nine Specialty Court programs, targeting non-violent offenders with substance abuse or mental health issues. The EJDC Adult Drug Court, established in 1992, was one of the first Drug Courts in the nation. Since that time, Specialty Courts have expanded to include the Felony DUI Court, Mental Health Court, Juvenile Drug Court, Veteran’s Court, Family Dependency Court, Dependency Mother’s Drug Court, Child Support Treatment Court and OPEN Court.

Treatment Court Model

Specialty Courts are based on a treatment court model, providing treatment to offenders, reducing drug-related crimes, and providing programming for participants to gain life skills and educational advancement. All Specialty Court programs require participants to engage in individual and group substance abuse counseling, mental health counseling (based on individual needs), random drug/alcohol testing, probation supervision, collaborative case management and regular court status checks.

Cost Savings

Specialty Court programs result in significant cost savings to the State of Nevada and Clark County by reducing public costs associated with monitoring, detaining and prosecuting criminal activity by state and county law enforcement and prosecution agencies. The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) reports that for every $1.00 invested in Specialty Courts, taxpayers save as much as $3.36 in avoided criminal justice costs alone. When considering other costs associated with participants’ involvement in the criminal justice system, it is estimated that Specialty Courts save taxpayers $27.00 for every $1.00 invested by reducing victimization and healthcare service utilization.

NADCP findings indicate that Specialty Courts reduce crime 45% more than other sentencing options. Participants in Specialty Court programs are six times more likely to complete substance abuse treatment than those not involved in a judicial program. Without judicial oversight, 70% of substance-abusing offenders drop out of treatment.

Eligibility

While each Specialty Court program establishes independent criteria for admission, the primary eligibility factors for an individual to participant in the Specialty Courts are (1) an identified alcohol substance abuse disorder or SMI (serious mental illness) and (2) no history of violent offenses or drug trafficking.

  • Adult Drug Court:   The ADC program is a minimum one-year court supervised comprehensive inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment program.
    Whitney Canfield: 702-671-3949, Angel Lash: 702-671-3866
  • Felony DUI:   The FDUI program is a minimum three-year program that offers intensive treatment and community supervision to participants who have at least three DUI charges within seven years.
    Khristie Cury: 702-671-3270, Stacy Ledesma: 702-671-3316
  • Mental Health Court:   The Mental Health Court is intended for chronic thought disordered individuals who struggle to stay out of the criminal justice system due to a lack of adequate supports in the community. In order to be eligible for the Mental Health Court, participants must have a Serious Mental Illness (SMI), namely Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. The MHC is now accepting applications from the Municipal and Justice Courts. Click here for the Handbook.
    Caitlin Mroz: 702-671-3551
  • Juvenile Drug Court:   The Juvenile Drug Court program offers four programming tiers: Pre-Adjudication Diversion Program, a 90-day program individualized to the needs of each youth (including school/educational services, substance abuse and mental health counseling, mentoring and family support groups and after school programs),Educational Substance Abuse, which is a 90-day intensive substance abuse ASAM Level 1 program, Traditional Drug Court, a minimum 9 month substance abuse program which includes ASAM Level 1 outpatient, relapse and intensive outpatient treatment, and Transitional Program, a 90-day transitional program for youth transitioning into the community from outpatient treatment.
  • Veterans Court:   Veterans Court offers a court supervised outpatient treatment for veterans convicted of a felony. The program works collaboratively with the Veterans Administration to serve veterans with significant addiction and mental health issues that developed during or from their military service.
    Danika Navar: 702-671-0734
  • Family Treatment Drug Court:   The Family Treatment Drug Court is court supervised comprehensive outpatient substance abuse treatment for alcohol and drug dependent parents involved in the child welfare system.
    Michael Lea: 702-455-0387
  • OPEN Program:   The OPEN Court offers intensive behavioral modification programming for males and females, age 18 to 26 years of age, who have been incarcerated, with the goal of reintegrating them into their communities and connecting them with the community based resources, while working to address their court requirements.
    Jaclyn Winter: 702-673-3319
  • Gambling Treatment Diversion Court:   Gambling Treatment Diversion Court is a court supervised comprehensive outpatient treatment program for defendants with gambling problems and other addictive behaviors. Per NRS 458A defendants are eligible if they have been convicted of a crime that was committed in furtherance or as a result of problem gambling.
    Michael Lea: 702-455-0387
  • Adult Drug Court Transitional Age Program (TAP):  The ADC TAP program is a minimum eighteen-month program that offers supervised comprehensive inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment program geared to meet the needs of participants 18-26 years of age.
    Jaclyn Winter: 702-671-3319

Application Process

To learn more about each Specialty Court program, contact the Specialty Court Administrator, DeNeese Parker, MSW, at 702-671-4505 or parkerd@clarkcountycourts.us. To apply for a Specialty Court program, please complete the Specialty Court Application available at: http://www.clarkcountycourts.us/departments/specialty-courts/ and submit to SpecialtyCourts@clarkcountycourts.us