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February 28th, 2018

For Immediate Release
Contact: Sara Miles
Administrative Office of the Courts
20th Judicial Circuit
Public Information Officer
(239) 533-1723

 

 

TLS Consulting to provide Lee County Adult Criminal Drug Court Services

FORT MYERS - Effective March 1, 2018, TLS Consulting, LLC will be the sole provider for Lee County Drug Court services. TLS Consulting, LLC will provide professional alcohol and drug treatment services for up to 200 adult drug court participants for the circuit court for Lee County as needed or as required by law or the Courts, on an as-needed basis and in accordance with the law and local Administrative Order 3.15.

"As the result of concluding an RFP process soliciting treatment court services, the Administrative Office of the Courts carefully vetted all received proposals in conjunction with the State Attorney's Office and Public Defender's office. It was determined that TLS Consulting's proposal provided the most comprehensive treatment services," said Trial Court Administrator Scott Wilsker.

This transition is a result of the expiration of the current contract for services with Lee County Department of Human and Veterans Services. The contract expires February 28th, 2018. Lee County has agreed to provide the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) with the remainder of the Fiscal Year 2017/2018 funding, $269,081.70, to cover the remaining seven months of the fiscal year covering the period of March 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018.

"The Lee County Felony Drug Court Program can be described as a "problem-solving court" that addresses the root causes of a defendant's involvement within the justice system. A multidisciplinary team applies a non-adversarial approach which is coupled with individualized treatment interventions for the program participants," said Wilsker. "I believe this is a beneficial court program to help local Lee County citizens with a substance abuse problem to recover from their drug and/or alcohol addiction, stay in recovery and become productive members of society."

The AOC fully expects a seamless transition of drug court services for the courts program participants.

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