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Drug Court Program Mission


The Thurston County Drug Court Program is a court-supervised, comprehensive drug treatment program available to eligible non-violent drug and property felony offenders.


The mission is to break the "revolving door" cycle of drug use and crime and to support participants to achieve total abstinence from drugs and alcohol, by promoting responsibility and accountability, and by teaching participants to become productive members in the community.


The Drug Court Program is an alternative to jail and/or prison and integrates chemical dependency and trauma treatment and community resources/ancillary services with the criminal justice system.


"Seeing and admitting the truth about ourselves, about our role in creating

our own problems, and about how we relate to others is vital to healing."

M. Scott Peck


Drug Court Goals and Benefits to the Community

  • Reduces the revolving door of crime and drugs by providing treatment to drug-addicted criminal offenders.

  • Requires strict accountability from program participants through frequent in-person court hearings and intensive monitoring.

  • Requires total abstinence from illicit and illegal drugs and alcohol.

  • Reduces emergency room, hospital and medical costs.

  • Reduces domestic violence.

  • Reduces felony and misdemeanor crimes.

  • Requires completion of education and/or vocational training.

  • Requires employment in a "W-2" tax-paying job.

  • Decreases use of public assistance.

  • Eases court, jail and prison overcrowding and costs.

Drug Court Goals and Benefits to the Participant

  • Stops criminal and other self-defeating behaviors.

  • Breaks the cycle of addiction.

  • Gains control of life patterns and decision.

  • Requires accountability and responsibility for choices and action.

  • Completes education (GED or H.S. Diploma).

  • Obtains a job/learns a skill.

  • Changes health and life skills.

  • Improves family and other relationships.

  • Changes thinking (beliefs) and behaviors.

  • Stays out of jail and/or prison.


"An addiction is anything that has more power over you than you do.

Who or what runs your life?"


"If you keep doing the same things, you keep getting the same results."


Drug Court Treatment Phases:  12-18 Month Program

Phase I - Orientation/Intake: 3-4 months

  • Intake/Assessment/Treatment Plan

  • Drug and Alcohol Education

  • Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)

  • Individual and Group Process Counseling

  • Seeking Safety Groups

  • Gender Specific Groups

Phase II - Intensive Counseling: 5-8 months

  • Same Services as Phase I

  • Vocational/Education/Job Services

  • Referral to Ancillary Services

  • Gender Specific Groups

Phase III - Referral/Monitoring: 4-6 months

  • Relapse Prevention Sessions

  • Community Linkages and Ancillary Services

  • Personal Recovery Plan

  • EMDR Individual Trauma Therapy

Included in all Phases:

  • Random Drug/Breathalyzer Testing

  • Court Progress Reviews

  • Participation in 12-Step Programs

  • Court and/or Treatment Fee Payments

Graduation Requirements:

  • Completion of all Phase Requirements

  • 6 Months of Drug/Alcohol Abstinence

  • Full Payment of All Program Fees

  • 4 Months Full/Half Time Job/School

  • Obtain GED or H.S. Diploma

Program Eligibility Criteria:


Conditioned upon approval by the Prosecuting Attorney's Office, a person charged with any eligible felony offense(s) in Thurston County is eligible to be admitted into the Drug Court Program.


1.     "Eligible" offense(s) mean:

   a.   Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance; Possession of a Counterfeit Controlled Substance; or a Forged (altered) Prescription;

   b.   Burglary in the Second Degree (not a residence or residential property and the building involved was not occupied at the time of offense);

   c.   Theft in the First or Second Degree;

   d.   Possession of Stolen Property in the First or Second Degree;

   e.   Forgery;

   f.   Unlawful Issuance of Bank Checks;

   g.   Trafficking in Stolen Property in the First or Second Degree;

   h.   Taking a Motor Vehicle without Owern's Permission;

   i.   Identity Theft in the First or Second Degree;

   j.   Malicious Mischief in the First or Second Degree.


The Prosecuting Attorney's Office may determine that a defendant charged with an ineligible offense, and on a case by case basis, is eligible for the Drug Court Program unless otherwise prohibited by RCW 2.28.170, Drug Courts.  Such a determination will require the approval of the Prosecuting Attorney or his or her specified designee(s).


2.  Ineligible Cases:

   a.   There is an allegation the defendant was armed with a firearm or other deadly weapon at the time of the offense;

   b.   The defendant has been previously convicted of: A serious violent offense as defined in RCW 9.94A.030(31); A Violent Offense as defined in RCW 9.94A.030(38); Any sex offense as defined in RCW 9.94A.030(33); Manufacture of Methamphetamine; or An offense during which the defendant caused substantial or great bodily harm or death to another person.

   c.   Defendant must be able to pay restitution in full within the time frame of the program.  The limit is $1,500, but higher amounts may be considered based upon the defendant's ability to pay or if arrangements are made prior to entry into the program that restitution will be paid down to the $1,500 limit.

   d.   Defendant must not have previously completed and graduated from another Drug Court Program.

   e.   A Domestic Violence case(s) is not eligible nor is a defendant eligible if he/she has a separate pending domestic violence case.  Once the pending domestic violence case is resolved then the defendant may be eligible if appropriate under all other eligibility conditions.


Program Admissions Process:

  • A person may be eligible for the program if he/she is arrested for a non-violent felony drug offense and/or certain property offenses such as forgery or theft.

  • The Deputy Prosecuting Attorney determines eligibility based upon current pending and prior charges.

  • An attorney from Thurston County Public Defense or private attorney advises the offender of his/her options.

  • The judge asks if he/she wants to be considered for the Drug Court Program

  • If the offender chooses the Drug Court option, he/she is interviewed by the Drug Court Program Administrator, who provides the Judge with a suitability recommendation.

  • If accepted into the program, he/she signs a Contract to participate and receives a Program Handbook and orientation, is given a treatment schedule, is assigned to a counselor and provides a urinalysis test.

  • An appointment is scheduled for the participant to meet with their counselor for an Intake/Assessment and an Initial Treatment Plan is developed.

  • The participant is assigned to a primary counselor, is given a treatment schedule, and an Initial Treatment Plan is developed.

  • Participants return to court for review hearings before the Drug Court Judge every week in Phase I.  A written report is provided each time, by their counselor, with comments and recommendations based upon program progress and compliance.

Thurston County Drug Court Program

Superior Court

Thurston County Courthouse, Bldg 2

2000 Lakeridge Dr SW

Olympia WA 98502


Christine Schaller, Presiding Drug Court Judge


Kim Robbins, Drug Court Program Assistant

360.357.2482 ext. 4