Collier County Adult Felony Drug Court Receives National Recognition as Mentor Court

Collier County Adult Felony Drug Court Receives National Recognition as Mentor Court

The Collier County Adult Felony Drug Court has been named one of just 10 national mentor treatment courts by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) and the U.S. Department of Justice.

National mentor courts are exemplary treatment courts selected to serve a three-year term as model programs to assist new or growing courts. These top-tier programs follow evidence-based best practices and play a significant role in national training, technical assistance, and research efforts. This is the second consecutive mentor court appointment for Collier’s Drug Court.

As part of the mentor court network for 2022-2024, Collier’s Drug Court will help develop, identify, and test national best practices and provide technical assistance to jurisdictions interested in implementing or improving an adult drug treatment court, including hosting site visits by team members from other jurisdictions around the country. (All site visits will be conducted virtually in 2022.)

“It is a great honor to recognize this court as one of only 10 mentor courts in the country,” said NADCP Chief of Training and Research Carolyn Hardin. “This program is a shining example of how a combination of accountability and treatment can save lives, reunite families, and make the community safer. As a mentor court, this program is helping to transform our justice system and leading countless people who might otherwise be incarcerated into lives of long-term recovery.”

There are now nearly 4,000 treatment courts nationwide, considered the cornerstone of justice reform.

The Collier County Adult Felony Drug Court was founded in 1999 by the Honorable William L. Blackwell, and represents a strong commitment to collaboration and partnership between the Courts, State Attorney, Public Defender, Sheriff’s Office, Department of Corrections, David Lawrence Centers, County Government and several other community resources.

“Community partnerships are our super power in Collier County, and nowhere is that on greater display than in our Drug Court, where so many diverse sectors come together to assist our clients in the difficult but critical process of addressing past traumas and learning how to live life without drugs or alcohol. Recovery is real, and when one person finds recovery, the benefits extend far beyond that person to their children, their loved ones, their employers (or employees) and the entire community.” Hon. Janeice T. Martin, Presiding Judge.