In Kentucky, some individuals who have substance-related criminal convictions can receive a referral to the state drug court program. Three phases supervised by a judge strive to help the offender recover from substance use disorder and avoid future criminal behavior.

Learn more about what to expect if you face drug charges and qualify for this Kentucky program, either through probation, diversion or deferred prosecution.

Stabilization Phase

During this initial phase, participants must:

  • Report to the appropriate court weekly.
  • Remain drug-free for 30 days.
  • Attend a 12-step or another self-help program regularly.
  • Meet with Drug Court staff at least once a week.
  • Pay or arrange to pay outstanding court fees.
  • Maintain housing that meets court guidelines.
  • Attend at least three clinical hours each week.
  • Have three random substance screenings each week.
  • Maintain employment or education approved by the court.

Education Phase

When participants complete Phase I, they must:

  • Report to the appropriate court once every two weeks.
  • Remain drug-free for 90 days.
  • Attend a 12-step or another self-help program regularly.
  • Meet with Drug Court staff at least once a week.
  • Continue to make payments toward court fees.
  • Maintain housing that meets court guidelines.
  • Attend at least two clinical hours each week.
  • Have two random substance screenings each week.
  • Maintain employment or education approved by the court.

Self-Motivational Phase

During Phase III, individuals must:

  • Report to the appropriate court once every three weeks.
  • Remain drug-free for 90 days.
  • Attend a 12-step or other self-help program regularly.
  • Meet with Drug Court staff at least once a week.
  • Continue to make payments toward court fees.
  • Maintain housing that meets court guidelines.
  • Attend at least one clinical hour each week.
  • Have one random substance screening each week.
  • Maintain employment or education approved by the court.

Successful completion of these phases and the aftercare program can result in dismissal of charge or discharge of probation. In addition, approved individuals can attend this program at no cost.