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Participants advance to Phase II after they have successfully completed primary treatment and have secured full time employment. Primary treatment is usually defined as those initial services a participant was referred into for substance abuse/mental health services initially upon entering into the Drug Court Program, additional services may follow, but are not considered primary. A participant may remain in a primary status, and receive multiple treatment or therapeutic placement options, this may occur due to the Drug Court participant continuing to use mood altering chemicals, or being prematurely discharged from placement multiple times.

While in Phase II, reporting to one’s Drug Court Case Supervisor may be reduced to every other week, while drug screening continues on its random testing schedule. In addition, Drug Court hearings can now be stretched to every other week, or even every three weeks depending upon other circumstances and the self help groups being attended four times weekly may be reduced.

This phase emphasizes social and occupational functioning and stability in recovery. If the participant has not secured a high school diploma a GED is recommended. In addition to a GED, English as a second language classes are also another academic path that might be chosen.

Participants in Phase II may be required to complete aftercare/relapse prevention or other supervised supportive living services might be apart of the agreed upon plan.

If a participant relapses while in Phase II, a formal case review will be held to determine the most prudent course of action. Options include, but are not limited to; placement back into Phase I, with additional treatment services recommended; detainment in Phase II, with additional treatment services recommended; increase self-help recovery meetings; or more frequent case management meetings with one’s case supervisor. The goal at this juncture is to not do a “knee-jerk” response, but more over, to find out what is occurring and respond with a course of action that has been thought through, considering the benefit and needs of the participant, as well as the cost to the community.

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