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Adams County Drug Court receives state certification

After speaking and receiving her diploma during the 2016 Drug Court graduation, Lacee Blevins gets a hug and kiss on the cheek from her mother, Becky Spillman, at the Adams County Courthouse. The Adams County Drug Court has received certification fro the Illinois Supreme Court. | H-W File Photo/Michael Kipley
Posted: Apr. 3, 2018 4:55 pm

QUINCY -- The Adams County Drug Court has received certification from the Illinois Supreme Court.

Judge Debra Wellborn announced Tuesday that the Special Supreme Court Advisory Committee for Justice and Mental Health planning, along with the administrative office of the Illinois courts, completed a review of the Adams County Drug Court's application and procedures and found it to be in compliance with the Illinois Supreme Court's Problem-Solving Courts Standards.

The state started a certification process for all problem-solving courts in 2016.

The review included submissions of policies and a participant handbook, as well as site visits to observe Drug Court staffing and court proceedings and interviews with the problem-solving court team.

The Adams County Drug Court was established in September 2006 and has had 93 graduates.

The program is an intense version of probation designed to help addicts avoid prison while getting themselves clean. It requires frequent drug testing, regular court appearances, substance abuse treatment and self-help meetings.

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