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Cuyahoga County Drug Court    Printer Friendly Version


Drug Court Program Overview

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court began building its Drug Court program in 2008 with the Appointment of Judge David T. Matia as the Court’s first Drug Court Judge. Initial participants were accepted into the program in May of 2009. The goal of the program is to break the cycle of recidivism by addressing an offender’s drug dependency. Drug Court adheres to science based principals only accepting those assessed as drug dependent. Drug Court has graduated more than 300 individuals, returning them to their communities as sober citizens, parents and employees.

Drug Court exists to accept more challenging offenders such as those with repeat criminal histories or opiate dependencies. The Common Pleas Drug Court collaborates with the Cleveland Municipal Drug Court under the Stehpanie Tubbs Jones Greater Cleveland Drug Court umbrella. Both courts share treatment resources, case managers and graduation ceremonies

Drug Court Contact Information

Molly Leckler
Drug Court Coordinator
(216) 443-2154
cpmmc@cuyahogacounty.us

The Drug Court Mission

"Stop the abuse of alcohol and other drugs and related criminal activity. Drug courts promote recovery through a coordinated response to offenders dependent on alcohol and other drugs. Realization of these goals requires a team approach, including cooperation and collaboration of the judges, prosecutors, defense counsel, probation authorities, other corrections personnel, law enforcement, pretrial services agencies, TASC programs, evaluators, an array of local service providers, and the greater community” - The National Drug Court Model

Drug Court Judge David T. Matia

Drug Court Judge
David T. Matia

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Drug Court Team

Drug Court Judge
The Honorable David T. Matia

Drug Court Coordinator
Molly Leckler

Drug Court Public Defender
Drug Court Prosecutor
Pretrial Investigation Officer
Supervision Officer
TASC Assessment Specialist
TASC Case Manager
Co-Directors

Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring (OSAM)
February 20, 2012 Overdose deaths climb as painkillers, heroin pour into Ohio market

February 13, 2012 Opiate addicts find it easier to get drug than drug treatment

March 20, 2012 Drug-related deaths rise again in Cuyahoga County and Ohio

National Association of drug court professionals (NADCP)
Buprenorphine Diversion and Its Implications for Drug Courts Spring 2012 Issue

Ohio Prescription Drug Abuse TaskForce
Final Report

"The mission of the Court is to provide a forum for the fair, impartial and timely resolution of civil and criminal cases."


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