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Costa Rica Feb 08 2013

 

The Dominican Republic Launched the First Pilot Program of Court-Supervised Treatment.

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, June 14, 2013

Opening

The Dominican Republic, with the support of ES-CICAD through its Drug Treatment Courts (DTCs) Program for the Americas and financing from the Government of Canada, launched the first pilot program of court-supervised treatment in the Dominican Republic.

Among the 100 participants in the audience was the President of the Supreme Court Dr. Mariano German, President of the National Drug Council Dr. Fidias Aristy, along with Acting Deputy Executive Secretary of CICAD Angela Crowdy, Minister of Health Lorenzo Wilfredo Hidalgo, and the Attorney General of the Republic Dr. Francisco Hernandez Brito. Throughout the event, the words of the authorities present showed the country’s great commitment to this project.

For the OAS, Angela Crowdy said "... the Dominican Republic has become a hemispheric benchmark, as many countries will be watching this process. It's not an easy road, but I'm sure under the leadership of the institutions represented here, and especially in the figure of the President of the Supreme Court, the President of the National Drug Commission, and the people who embody the day to day project, this initiative will be a success. "

To accompany these words, Judge Dr. Mariano German highlighted the legal system focus on the problem of drug use, saying, "The judiciary has realized for long time now that the prison system was not sufficient medicine for this new disease [drug addiction] and therefore, other alternatives are needed to work with victims of drugs.

Technical Meeting

After the inauguration, ES-CICAD held a technical meeting with the Executive Committee and identified several areas for capacity building including:

• Training for treatment and social workers

• Focus and follow-up on the theme of cooperation and health-justice agency guidelines

• Development of Protocols for legal and health procedures

• Training for defense attorneys

• Gender issues

• Implementation of a system of information and privacy management

• Case Management System

• Identification of treatment centers

• Review of CICAD Evaluation Document (Dr. Doug Marlowe)

• The ability to have recorded online courses to train groups of participants in the country

• The ability to use video conferencing for teacher training and knowledge base building

• The need to define the roles of each professional, especially the defense and continuity of the defense-health agency cooperation

Taking advantage of the presence of the entire team of TSJ, ES-CICAD conducted interviews with each of the professionals, including two judges, a prosecutor, a defense attorney, treatment providers, a social worker, and an advisor to the Supreme Court.

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updated on 9/4/2013 1:05:42 PM