The mission of the Juvenile Drug Court is to reduce recidivism in the juvenile and criminal systems by positively impacting the lives of juvenile offenders who have substance abuse problems.


 
Community Services - Juvenile Drug Court Coordinator


The Clay County Juvenile Drug Court is a collaborative effort between the Clay County Board of Supervisors, the third Judicial District of the State of Iowa, the Department of Corrections, Juvenile Court Services, the Clay County Sheriff’s office and the Spencer Police Department.

Its mission is to reduce recidivism in the juvenile and criminal justice systems by positively impacting the lives of juvenile offenders who have substance abuse problems and/or co-occurring disorders.

As an evidence-based practice, this Juvenile Drug court is designed to select and train local community members to serve as panelists to provide corrective options to eligible offenders who are monitored by the juvenile court.

Offenders are non-violent substance abusers/addicts who are on probation due to criminal activity. These offenders meet with members of the drug court panel one time a month for up to 12-16 months to review the terms of the offender’s probation and treatment and emphasize ways to recognize strengths to promote an individual’s recovery.

Panelists are selected because they are positive, open-minded, “can do” people: problem solvers who are respectful and willing to assist others in working through the effects that substance abuse has had on their lives.

Panelists apply through the Community Services office and other designated community contacts including Seasons Center, NWIADTU, etc.  Applications are forwarded to the Juvenile court officer who conducts a background check and subsequent training sessions to determine a panelist’s interest and commitment to this service and its goals.

Panelists spend up to 3 hours per month with time spent reviewing status and court time with the offenders.

 
             

Clay County Courthouse - located in Spencer, Iowa

Family of geese - rural Clay County

Disabled American Veterans van

Just one of beautiful sunsets seen in Clay County!