Begun Center Continues Being Part of Drug Court Success

The Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Drug Court, among the Begun Center’s core projects, recently celebrated its 300th graduate with a ceremony featuring Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor.

Somebody here is going to be the 300th graduate for this court, which is absolutely phenomenal,” said Justice O’Connor. “Through this essential intervention, getting clean and not reoffending are just two benefits that are achieved through these specialty docket courts.”

The Adult Treatment Drug Court (ATDC) helps improve outcomes for 18- to 32-year-old opiate users in the Cuyahoga County Felony Drug Court by breaking the cycle of criminal behavior. This is being accomplished by closing a gap in the treatment continuum.

Begun Center staff, under the supervision of Principal Investigator and Senior Research Associate Margaret Baughman-Sladky, Ph.D, are conducting a comprehensive evaluation of the ATDC including analysis of data gathered with the Global Appraisal of Individual Need (GAIN-I), GPRA data, and process data.

The objective of this program is to expand and/or enhance substance abuse treatment services in “problem-solving” courts which use the treatment drug court model in order to provide alcohol and drug treatment, recovery support services supporting substance abuse treatment, screening, assessment, case management, and program coordination to adult defendants/offenders.

Existing services are being enhanced through the provision of culturally-competent, evidence-based case management and age-appropriate, substance-specific AOD treatment.