Drug Treatment Court: An Alternative to Incarceration
For the past 18 years, Jorge Acevedo has worked at Pennsylvania Counseling Services as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Jorge provides therapeutic counseling, support, and referrals to individuals seeking a pathway to a better way of living. Jorge also represents Pennsylvania Counseling Services as a treatment provider for individuals participating in Drug Treatment Court, a diversionary program which provides intensive supervision and treatment services to those individuals who have criminal charges for crimes related to their addiction. Drug Treatment Court provides a structure and direction to its participants in hopes of encouraging participants to make lifestyle changes. Participation in the programs ranges from 12 – 18 months, although Jorge states, its can be longer depending upon an individual’s motivation to follow direction and maintain compliance with program expectations. Jorge believes Drug Treatment Court can benefit many individuals and gave an example of a recent graduate who was able to get her criminal record expunged due to successfully fulfilling the requirements of Drug Treatment Court.