The mission of the 19th Judicial Circuit Drug Court is to provide a cooperative team of diverse professionals and community leaders who work to coordinate services to support individuals in becoming drug free and productive citizens. Drug court is a structured court process designed to increase public safety and reduce crime in a cost efficient manner.
Drug Court is a program for first time offenders who have been arrested for a qualifying drug offense. Drug Court provides the opportunity for substance abuse treatment. After successfully completing the program, the participant has developed skills to manage their substance abuse issues and the charges are dismissed.
There are currently nine drug court programs in the 19th Judicial Circuit. Indian River County has an adult and juvenile drug court. St. Lucie County has an adult felony and misdemeanor drug court, as well as a juvenile drug court. Martin County has an adult felony, juvenile and dependency drug court. Okeechobee County has a misdemeanor drug court and adult felony drug court.