Cleveland: Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Drug Court held its Spring graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 7, in the 4th floor Jury Assembly room of the Justice Center.
25 graduates helped commemorate the 10th anniversary of Drug Court under the supervision of Judge David Matia. More than 400 people have graduated since the program began in 2009.
The goal of Drug Court is to reduce recidivism among drug-dependent offenders by providing enhanced treatment services. The majority of participants in the Drug Court program are opiate dependent.
Judge Matia has presided over the Cuyahoga County Drug Court docket since its inception. In 2017, a second Drug Court docket was added to address the additional cases stemming from the opioid epidemic. A third docket, Recovery Court, began in 2015 under Judge Joan Synenberg to deal with not only drug and alcohol addiction, but also underlying mental health issues related to trauma.
In 2018, 315 defendants were screened for Drug Court and Recovery Court eligibility. Of those, 107 were formally placed into Drug Court and 65 in Recovery Court, totaling 172 participants.