Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Adult Drug Court
Photos by Adam Stewart
Hopland Bridge over the Russian River on Highway 101, south of Hopland.


Adult Drug Court is a Court-supervised, comprehensive drug-alcohol treatment program for non-violent offenders.The goal of the program is to help the offender achieve total abstinence from drugs and alcohol, with the final responsibility of program completion being with the offender. The focus of the Drug Court is on replacing addictive behaviors with a clean and sober lifestyle.


Location and Mailing Address


Therapeutic Courts Program Office
Mendocino County Superior Court
100 North State Street, Room 411
Ukiah, CA 95482-4416
(707) 468-2055
(707) 463-4424 (fax)


Counseling Sessions
Substance Use Disorders Treatment OPTIONS Program
1120 South Dora Street
Ukiah, CA 95482


The Adult Drug Court is a voluntary, 18-month minimum, 6-phase program for non-violent offenders found eligible by the Drug Court team. Eligible offenders are referred to the Behavioral Health Department's Division of Substance Use Disorders Treatment (SUDT) to determine suitability for the OPTIONS Program (Opportunities Provided to Interested Offenders Needing Sobriety.) Eligible offenders are also referred to the Public Defender or private defense counsel for explanation of the post-plea requirements.

The Options Program Consists of:

  • Individual Treatment Plan
  • Process Groups
  • Education Groups
  • Regular Court Appearances
  • Weekly and Random Chemical and Alcohol Testing
  • Regular Attendance at 12-Step or other meetings
  • Free time activities geared for enjoying a drug-free life
  • Participant Handbook - Felony Program

    Participant Handbook - Misdemeanor Program

    Treatment Phases

      Phase 1 - Assessment and Stabilization: Be assessed, receive a treatment plan and begin recovery activities.
      Phase 2 - Attitude and Belief Adjustment: Participate in relapse prevention, skills building and process groups.
      Phase 3 - Foundation for the Future: Participate in values clarification, goal setting, vocational preparation and process groups.
      Phase 4 - Integrate and Apply: Maintain employment or be enrolled in school. Continue with group participation and individual counseling at SUDT. Continue to meet community service requirements.
      Phase 5 - Continuing Care: Attend weekly, on-going progress group and individual counseling. Upon successful completion of all treatment goals, graduate from the OPTIONS Treatment Program.
      Phase 6 - Court Completion: Function independently while continuing to meet with Probation officer for random chemical testing and check-in. Attend monthly court appearance. Upon successful fulfillment of all graduation requirements, complete Drug Court.

    Incentives and Sanctions

    Incentives and sanctions are directly linked to the willingness of the offender to participate in their treatment program. Efforts to be in compliance with the expectations of the Adult Drug Court are recognized. Certificates are awarded for phase completion and for other accomplishments.

    Sanctions are used by the judge to keep participants on track. These may be anything from writing essays to increased program requirements to time in jail. The number of sanctions received is monitored and may be grounds for dismissal from the program.


    Court Fees

    Those unable to pay may seek Medi-Cal benefits or perform community service work.



    State licensing requires that participant's identity and privacy be protected. In response to these regulations, policies and procedures are in place to guard the right to privacy while in Drug Court.

    A statement will be signed releasing information to the Drug Court professionals involved in an individual treatment plan. This waiver is limited to designated individuals and organizations.



    Graduation will occur upon the successful completion of Phase 6 of the program. The graduation date is determined by the Drug Court judge.

    Dismissal of charges will be granted upon successful completion of all treatment phase requirements, a meeting with the judge to review all suspended cases, fees and fines, and notification from the Probation Department of no other offenses.

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