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Drug Treatment Court Feasibility Study

Feasibility Study Background

In June, 2016 the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced an agreement with the Government of Canada under the Drug Treatment Court Funding program. Through that funding, the Department of Justice and Public Safety has partnered with the Department of Health and Community Services to complete a feasibility study regarding the potential implementation of a Drug Treatment Court in Newfoundland and Labrador and also to identify the benefits, viability and sustainability of such a court.

Background on drug treatment courts

Canadian drug treatment courts were implemented as a response to large numbers of offenders being incarcerated for drug-related offences and continuing to re-offend due to underlying drug dependency.

In December, 1998 the first Drug Treatment Court was established in Toronto. It brought together treatment services for substance abuse and the criminal justice system to deal more effectively with the drug addicted offenders. Drug Treatment Courts have also expanded to other regions in Canada including Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Regina, Ottawa and Kentville.

Drug Treatment Courts are problem-solving courts administered by the provinces and territories that aim to reduce crime committed as a result of drug dependency through court monitored treatment and community services support for non-violent offenders with drug addictions. They differ from the traditional court process, and are similar to Mental Health and Domestic Violence Courts. They provide an alternative to incarceration, aiming to reduce the number of crimes committed to support drug dependency by offering judicial supervision, comprehensive substance abuse treatment, random and frequent drug testing, incentives and sanctions, clinical case management, and social services support. (Drug Treatment Court Funding Program, Justice Canada, 2016 External Link Icon).

This page is intended to assist the Department of Justice and Public Safety as it conducts a feasibility study into whether a Drug Treatment Court would be beneficial for Newfoundland and Labrador. Submissions made through this page are intended to be anonymous. This page is not intended to respond to direct requests for services and such requests should be directed to your local Health Authority or the Mental Health Crisis Line: Local 709-737-4668, Toll Free: 1 888 737 4668.

Regional Health Authorities

We sincerely hope that you will share your ideas with us. Send us your feedback online. You may also make submissions by sending a written response to:

Drug Treatment Court Feasibility Study
4th Floor East Block, Confederation Building
P.O Box 8700
St. John’s NL, A1B 4J6

Or by e-mailing dtcfeasibilitystudy@gov.nl.ca

The deadline for submissions is February 14, 2017.

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Information on this site is being collected by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for the purposes of providing information and submissions to the Drug Treatment Court Feasibility Study Advisory Committee. The information is being collected under the authority of sections 61(c) of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015.

This site is open for public input until February 14, 2017. Any extension to this date will be published here. Traffic data is collected anonymously for the purposes of analyzing visitor usage patterns; however, none of this data can be associated with your identity. Participants are reminded that information submitted here may form part of the feasibility study. Any personally identifiable information that is provided in submissions will be removed by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador prior to any inclusion of any submissions in the Feasibility Study.

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