Drug Court


Brevard County Seminole County
 


Frequently Asked Questions Pertaining to Drug Court
 
What is Drug Court?
Drug Courts and other Problem-Solving Courts were implemented in Florida to help address specific issues that will benefit the individual, victim, and society. The specific issues may include, but are not limited to, drug abuse, mental illness, veteran’s issues, and domestic violence.
 
When was Drug Court Implemented in Florida?
Florida started the national drug court movement in 1989 by creating the first drug court in the United States in Miami-Dade County. Other types of problem-solving courts followed in the 1990s to assist individuals with specific needs and problems that were not or could not be adequately addressed in traditional courts. Problem-solving courts use the drug court model to help address specific issues that will benefit the individual, victim, and society. The specific issues may include, but are not limited to, drug abuse, mental illness, veteran’s issues, and domestic violence. Today, there are more than 1,000 problem-solving courts in the United States. There are 2,663 drug courts operating in every U.S. state and territory. For more information on drug courts, please visit the website for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals at www.nadcp.org.