In March 2009, members of the Fourth Judicial District judicial system attended the Drug Court Planning Initiative training with the goal of launching the Fourth Judicial District Drug Court to provide therapeutic interventions, promote public safety, reduce crime, decrease recividism, and reunite families of non-violent offenders with a history of drug and alcohol abuse.
Overseen by Circuit Court Judges Duane Slone and Carter Moore the program is a joint effort of the offices of the District Attorney General, the District Public Defender, and the Sheriff’s Departments. Additionally the team that meets twice per month includes members from other professional disciplines including officers supervising probation, and addiction and mental health providers.
Our team firmly believes that drug and alcohol addiction is not only an individual disease but a family and community disease. For that reason, we seek to be a guiding force to bring about healing to the communities that we serve.
In September of 2011, the program underwent an intensive reviewing process and was granted certification by the State of Tennessee as an accredited Drug Court program. In an effort to more effectively provide services and support to Tennessee Drug Court programs, Governor Bill Haslam, in 2012, placed the Drug Court programs under the umbrella of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
Realizing not only the humanitarian benefits but the economic benefits to our communities, our county governments have invested in our mission.
Today, the Fourth Judicial District Drug Recovery Court continues to provide an invaluable service to the community; however, its reliance on local monies as well as state and federal grants means that continued existence could be determined in large part by the current economy. Concerned citizens who recognized the program’s positive impact on the community as a way to reduce recidivism and provide individuals struggling with addiction a way to become responsible, productive members of society came together for the purpose of supporting the Drug Recovery Court. In 2013 the 4th Judicial District Recovery Services, Inc. was formed as a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization to assist the Drug Recovery Court in achieving its mission of providing healing from drug and alcohol addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders.