Dudley District Court’s New Drug Court To Hold Its First Graduation
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Dudley District Court’s Drug Court, one of nine new specialty courts launched a year ago and the only new court of its kind in Worcester County, will hold its first graduation ceremony on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2 p.m., at the courthouse, 279 West Main Street, in Dudley.
Members of this inaugural graduating class include 15 individuals: 11 men and four women who are 18 to 28 years old. These graduates have successfully completed the Dudley Drug Court’s intensive supervision and treatment requirements. The Drug Court included intensive supervision, utilization of community resources, educational employment components as well as positive affirmation. Harrington Hospital, a Drug Court partner, provided participants with individualized treatment plans, drug testing and group counseling. The Southbridge-based hospital will also offer after-care services to graduates to assist with their recovery.
Dudley Drug Court is one of 30 specialty courts across the Commonwealth that were established to focus on a high-risk, high-need population who suffer with addiction. The Drug Court embraces the evidence-based practices model recommended by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. The Drug Court has also developed its own model which includes partnering with local agencies such as the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office to provide transportation and educational services to Drug Court participants.