Program Description|Eligibility Criteria|Graduation|Support

Program Description

Eligibility Criteria


Program Support

Drug Testing Supplies
  • Abstain from substance use
  • Attend all counseling sessions
  • Submit to drug testing
  • Attend 12-step meetings
  • Attend all court sessions
  • Report to case manager
  • Pay fees
  • Employment and/or attend school
  • Detoxification/Stabilization
  • Drug Testing
  •  Alcohol/Drug Education
  • Outpatient Counseling
  • Inpatient Treatment
  • Medical Examination
  • Psychiactric Evaluation
  • Case Management Services
  • Family Education
  • 12-Step Meetings
  • Halfway Houses

For a more detailed description of program structure and advancement requirements, you can download the Client Handbook here.

      The Lafourche Parish Drug Treatment Court was established in April 1999 as an alternative to traditional methods of treating people with substance abuse problems within the criminal justice system.  It is a voluntary program targeting the non-violent, adult, drug abusing offender.  Eligible offenders must participate in the four phase program for a minimum of sixteen months and agree to the following:
     Intensive outpatient treatment services are provided by the Lafourche Parish Drug Court.  Participants will have access to the following treatment services:
     The offense for which a defendant is arrested need not be a drug related offense to enter the program. Eligibility criteria are as follows:
  • No history of violence
  • No history of drug dealing
  • Must meet treatment criteria
  • No major mental illness
  • No prior firearm conviction
  • No significant evidence of dealing drugs for profit in the instant offense
  • No firearms charge in the instant offense
  • No crime of violence in the instant offense
  • The District Attorney has reason to believe the individual who is charged suffers from alcohol or drug use/dependence and the community will be best served by treating rather than punishing the offender
     Participants who successfully complete program requirements will attend a graduation ceremony.  Most graduates are granted Article 893/4 to set aside their conviction,  allowing for the option of expungements or pardons.  The availability of these provisions are determined by the offense to which the participant plead guilty and the criminal history of the participant.  Statistics show that Lafourche Parish Drug Court graduates are seldom convicted of another serious crime.
Participant fees are used to support program costs and are as follows:
  • Intake fee - $110.00

  • Weekly programmatic fee - $25.00

All fees must be paid prior to program completion.
Major funding for our program provided by:
  • Louisiana Supreme Court Drug Court Office

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families(TANF)

Supplemental funding by:
  • Friends of Lafourche Drug Court Foundation
  • Louisiana 17th Judicial District Court
  • Lorio Foundation
  • Gheens Foundation
  • Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office
  • Lafourche Parish Council
  • Bureau of Justice Assistance - The South Lafourche Outreach Clinic was supported by Grant No. 2010-DC-BX-0046 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.  The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Start Office, and the Office for Victims of Crime.  Points of view or interest in these documents are those of the author and do not represent the official position or policies of the United States Department of Justice.