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D.I.R.E.C.T. Drug Court Program

 
CONFIDENTIALITY
 
Participation in the DIRECT program is strictly confidential. Disclosure of participation in the program is punishable under federal law. The program staff goes to great lengths to comply with all of the confidentiality requirements of HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2.
 

INITIAL CRITERIA FOR PARTICIPATION

 

The Defendant is arrested for, charged with, or convicted of:

 

(a)    An offense in which an element of the offense is the use, possession or sale of a controlled substance analogue, or marijuana; or

 

(b)    An offense in which the use of a controlled substance is suspected to have significantly contributed to the commission of the offense and the offense did not involve:

(1)    carrying, possessing or using a firearm or other dangerous weapon;

(2)    the use of force against the person of another; or

(3)    the death of or serious bodily injury to another.

 

IT SHOULD BE NOTED that the DIRECT Adult Drug Court Program is similar to the pre-trial DIRECT DIVERSION program. However, the pre-trial diversion program requires approval and screening by the District Attorney’s office, and maintains stricter eligibility requirements.

 

 
ACCESS TO THE PROGRAM
 
You may download an application from our website, or one may be picked up at the DIRECT offices at 300 West Belknap, 4th floor, Fort Worth 76196.
 
It is vital defendants discuss the program and fill out the application with their attorney.
 
 
COSTS
 
The average felony program participant spends $3500.00, depending on relapses.  This includes, but is not limited to:
  • $1000 Program Fee
  • $1000 in Lab Fees
    • $11.00 2 times a week, four weeks a month for the eighteen months (Phases 1, 2 and 3)
    • $11.00 1 time a week, four weeks a month for the final six (Phase 4)
  • $50 Drug and Alcohol Class
  • $200 Intensive Relapse Prevention ($25 a week for eight weeks)
  • $110 Drug Hair Test (Two tests, $55 each)
 

PHASE
D.I.R.E.C.T. PROGRAM OVERVIEW
(24-MONTH FELONY PROBATION)
1
  • Probation conditions reviewed and explained
  • Probation and treatment appointments established
  • Transportation plan established
  • Report for office visits and random drug screen as set by IVR (phone system)
  • Attend court 2 times each month (2nd and 4th Tuesday)
  • Attend 12-step meetings 3 times each week (must have a sponsor)
  • Curfew 10:00 pm to 5:00 am or as directed
  • Fees current
  • Maintain suitable full-time employment
  • Attend and participate in peer support meetings
  • Develop treatment plan
  • Seek/maintain suitable employment
  • Maintain sobriety
2
  • Report for office visits and random drug screen as set by IVR (phone system)
  • Attend Court 2 times each month (2nd and 4th Tuesday)
  • Attend 12-step meetings 3 times each week
  • Compliance with treatment recommendations as evidenced by satisfactory attendance and participation reports 
  • Curfew 10:00 pm to 5:00 am or as directed
  • Obtain and/or provide proof of high school graduation or GED
  • Maintain suitable full-time employment
  • Attend and participate in peer support meetings
  • Maintain sobriety
  • Participant must pass a drug hair test before progressing to next phase
3
  • Report for office visits and random drug screen as set by IVR (phone system)
  • Attend court 2 times each month (2nd and 4th Tuesday)
  • Attend 12-step meetings 3 time each week
  • Curfew 11:00 pm to 5:00 am or as directed
  • Completion of any ordered counseling or treatment
  • Maintain stable housing, education and/or employment
  • Attend and participate in peer support meetings
  • Maintain sobriety
4
  • Report for office visits and random drug screen as set by IVR (phone system)
  • Attend court 2 times each month (2nd and 4th Tuesday)
  • Attend 12-step meetings 3 time each week
  • Curfew 12:00 pm to 5:00 am or as directed
  • Complete Intensive Relapse Prevention classes or equivalent
  • Maintain stable housing, education and/or employment
  • Participant must pass a drug hair test before completing the program
  • Attend and participate in peer support meetings
  • Maintain sobriety
 
 
CONTACTING DIRECT
Tarrant County DIRECT Program
300 West Belknap 4th floor
Fort Worth, TX 76196
817-884-3276
 
Presiding Judge
Honorable Louis Sturns
 
Presiding Judge
Honorable Ruben Gonzalez Jr.
 
Program Manager
Cynthia Velazquez
Office 817-884-3276
Fax 817-884-3318




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