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IADTC

 

THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DRUG TREATMENT COURTS (IADTC), CRUTIAL ALLIANCE TO PROMOTE DRUG TREATMENT COURTS WORLDWIDE.

IADTC is an organization composed of representatives from countries where DTCs exist or are planned. The organization is also composed of international organizations, such as the OAS (through the CICAD/SMS), that support the mission of reducing substance abuse, crime and recidivism throughout the world by promoting and advocating the establishment of Drug Treatment Courts.

CICAD participates of the Board of the IADTC, and is active member of the actions carried out by this organization. Through the leadership of Justice Paul Bentley, Chair of the IADTC and Judge of the Ontario Court of Justice, this organization has managed to put together the largest network of individuals from all over the world working in promoting this modality of alternatives to incarceration under judicial supervision.

The IADTC and CICAD have cooperated in developing new studies and publications, organizing training workshops (Santiago de Chile City Forum, Ghent Forum, the Lugo Summit, and other activities to promote awareness and support to the drug treatment court model).

In February 2011, the IADTC, CICAD, CARICOM, CADTC, and other institutions, cooperated with Jamaican institutions in the organization of a training workshop for more than 70 professionals (judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, treatment providers, police and probation officers from Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and Suriname).

IADTC Key Principles for Drug Treatment Courts

Effective DTCs were first identified by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals in 1997, and then modified by the Expert Working Group (EWG) of the U.N. Office of Drug Control. What follows is the IADTC's modifications, with the goal of being technically capable of implementation across the world’s major legal systems. 

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13 Key Principles for Court-directed Treatment and Rehabilitation Programmes

The EWG formulated the following fundamental principles for successful court-directed treatment and rehabilitation programmes:

  1. The programmes integrate substance dependency treatment services with justice system case processing.
  2. Using a non-adversarial approach, prosecution and defence lawyers promote public safety while protecting offenders’ due process rights.
  3. Eligible offenders are identified early and promptly integrated into the programme.
  4. The programmes ensure access to a continuum of substance dependency treatment and other rehabilitation services.
  5. Compliance is objectively monitored by frequent substance abuse testing.
  6. A coordinated strategy governs responses of the court to programme non-compliance (and compliance) by offenders.
  7. Ongoing judicial interaction with each offender in a programme is essential.
  8. Monitoring and evaluation measure the achievement of programme goals and gauge effectiveness.
  9. Continuing interdisciplinary education promotes effective planning, implementation, and operations of these court-directed programmes.
  10. Forging partnerships among courts directing treatment programmes, public agencies, and community-based organizations generates local support and enhances programme effectiveness.
  11. Ongoing case management includes the social support necessary to achieve social reintegration.
  12. There is appropriate flexibility in adjusting programme content, including incentives and sanctions to better achieve programme results with particular groups, such as women, indigenous people and minority ethnic groups.
  13. Post treatment and after-care services should be established in order to enhance long term programme effects.

For more information about the IADTC visit: http://www.internationaldtc.org/about-us

 

 

 


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