Costa Rica


Costa Rica

The Costa Rican’s drug control agency (ICD), in coordination with the Supreme Court, the drug treatment agency (IAFA), and other institutions began drafting a feasibility study of the DTC model in Costa Rica. The first Pilot Project was launched in February of 2013 in San Jose. There has been a promising discussion of the prospect of a juvenile court to address the problem of juvenile delinquency and addiction.

September 2011
Execution of feasibility study demonstrating the possible implementation of the DTC model in Costa Rica, according to current legislation from both components (health and justice).

December 2011
High-level workshop in Costa Rica for international experts to discuss the DTC model and experience in their countries as well as the presentation of the outcome of the feasibility study conducted in Costa Rica. In this workshop, we coordinated between the relevant institutions in this model (IAFA, Attorney General, Public Defender, Judiciary).

May 2012
Presentation of the Memorandum of Understanding and Technical Assistance (MOU) between the CICAD / OAS and ICD; for the ICD to be the coordinating body for the implementation of the pilot scheme in Costa Rica.

June 2012
Meeting with IAFA teams, Judiciary, and Public Defender for reading and reviewing the MOU. Some corrections were made and annotations added according to the statements of the parties present.

July 2012
MOU reviewed by the President of the Supreme Court.

October 2012
Arrival of CICAD MOU signed by Mr. Paul Simons, Executive Secretary of that entity for the corresponding signature in Costa Rica.

November 2012
MOU is sent to legal counsel for review and is sent to Director General of the Board for subsequent signature.

Agreement is unanimously approved by Board of the ICD, Regular Session Number Seven on November 9, 2012 the Memorandum of Understanding and Technical Assistance CICAD / OAS, the Government of Costa Rica and the Costa Rican Drug Institute, for the creation and promotion of Drug Treatment Courts becomes enters into action.

Drug Treatment Courts are renamed "Drug Treatment Program Under Judicial Supervision" (PTDJ in its Spanish acronym form) in Costa Rica.

February 2013
First Meeting of Professional Responsibility within the Drug Treatment Program Under Judicial Supervision. Signature of Letter of Intent between Judiciary / ICD. Joint Workshop with PTDJ teams using case studies. Meeting with the executive committee and the IAFA team. Highlighted the need for treatment protocol for the program including health and the judicial perspectives.

March 2013
IAFA Addiction Training for the Judiciary.
Location: ICD 18th - 22nd
People trained: 22
Trainers: 16

April 2013
Training of the Judiciary at IAFA
Location: ICD April 8th
People trained 9
Trainers: 2

Workshop for the Development of Protocols of Treatment and Drug and Alcohol Dependence for the Drug Treatment Program under Judicial Supervision (PTDJ).

Location: ICD 9 and April 10
People trained 8
Trainers: 1

May 2013
IAFA executive committee meeting, ICD, Judiciary for review of advances in treatment protocols. Determined a deadline to complete protocol. It was agreed to include NGOs which are accredited by IAFA for possible placements of participants.

IAFA executive committee meeting. ICD, NGOs Judiciary. Highlighted the purpose of the proposed program and participation as well as determined the costs in the event that the participant requires residential treatment through PTDJ.

NGO participants of the meeting on the recommendation of the IAFA:

Hogar Salvando a Alcohólico: Coronado, Guadalupe and Homeless

Kayros Foundation

Genesis Foundation

June 2013
Operational Actions Workshop Supervised Drug Treatment Branch.
Workshop Topic: Paths for PTDJ
Starting date of the PTDJ: August 2013

Eugenia Mata Chavarría (emata@icd.go.cr)

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