Celebrate Anniversary" Participants and team members of the Marinette County Drug Court celebrated five years in existence Monday, Sept. 23. In his opening remarks Circuit Court Judge James Morrison, welcomed everyone who attended and thanked all the participants for their hard work. He went on to highlight the program successes over the past five years. Bottom Row left to right; Lindsay Nolde, Probation Agent; Julie Krause, Probation Supervisor; Trevor Kloida, Brian Livermore, Corrine Kaster, Taylor Pier, Krista Frenzel, Lashea Webber, Megan Cornell, Sara Plansky-Pecor, Drug Court Coordinator; and Katie Baxter, Past Probation Agent. Back Row left to right; Stephanie Nault, Past Probation Agent; Robin Elsner, Director of Health & Human Services; Jordan Niemojuski, Judge James Morrison, Shane Konell, Brad Schraven, Public Defender; Sheriff Jerry Sauve and Pete Mayhew, Evaluator. Cake and refreshments was served after the program.
Marinette County Drug Court Celebrates Five Year MarkIssue Date: September 26, 2019
On Monday, Sept. 23 the Marinette County Drug Court celebrated their five-year anniversary along with the commencement ceremony for Brandy Vertz and Tommy Schimmel.
The Treatment Drug Court is a specialized treatment court for substance dependent offenders. It requires frequent compliance testing, along with treatment tailored to the individual. There is strict community supervision with home and office visits by a Case Manager and Probation Agent. There are also frequent Drug Court hearings and electronic monitoring if needed.
The Drug Court, has reality based treatment and immediate intervention if needed. It holds offenders accountable and offers long term assistance. The goals of the Drug Court are to enhance public safety, reduce costs to the community and transform offenders into positive, contributing members of the community.
During the anniversary celebration it was noted the first participant was accepted on September 18, 2014, with the first graduation ceremony held on February 19, 2016. To date there have been 69 participants with 24 graduates and alumni. In phase one of the program there are four participants, phase two has seven and phase three has three. Currently in the exit phase there are three participants. There have been 28 terminations during the five years of Drug Court.
Some of the behavior requirements of the program include; participants must maintain total abstinence, avoid individuals who use, abuse or posses drugs and or alcohol. They cannot enter establishments where alcohol is primarily sold and avoid any premises where alcohol is sold for consumption on the premise.
Brandy Vertz was accepted into the program on March 3, 2017. She has attended 64 Drug Court sessions and 109 supervision sessions. She also completed 282 drug tests. Her completion date was June 3, 2019.
Tommy Schimmel was accepted into the program on May 5, 2018. He attended 29 Drug Court sessions and 59 supervision sessions. Schimmel also completed 156 drug tests. His completion date was June 17, 2019.
The ceremony was held in the County Board room at the Marinette County Courthouse.
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