Drug Court Programs
Drug Court Division
Circuit Court for Worcester County
Rooms 218 and 220
One West Market Street
Snow Hill, Maryland 21863
The Drug Court Division of the Worcester County Circuit Court was established in 2005. The Circuit Court operates three programs in Worcester County; Juvenile Drug Court, Adult Drug Treatment Court, and Family Recovery Court. All programs are designed to help those battling substance abuse and their related criminal offenses or child welfare matters. The Drug Courts recognize that changing addictive behavior requires constant vigilance, motivation, reinforcement and treatment to prevent relapse and promote change. All programs operate with a team of agencies working together for service integration and collective treatment planning.
Drug Court Coordinator
Drug Court Case Manager
For a program referral, contact Tracy Simpson
Juvenile Drug Court
The Mission of the Worcester County JDC is to reduce crime and eliminate alcohol and drug use among youth participating in the program, to improve juvenile and family functioning, and to increase community safety, through a caring, integrated, and strength-based approach that includes comprehensive service delivery, intensive court supervision, and enhanced accountability.
Juvenile Drug Court (JDC) is a post-adjudication, post-disposition court-managed, drug and alcohol treatment program for youth who are committing crimes due to problems with substance use/abuse. It is a 4-phase, 10-15 month program for adolescents who have committed an offense(s) due to their problems with drugs and/or alcohol. This program is a team effort that involves the Circuit Court, State’s Attorney’s Office, Office of the Public Defender, Worcester County Health Department, Worcester County Board of Education, Department of Juvenile Services, and Local Law Enforcement.
Adult Drug Treatment Court
The mission of the Worcester County Adult Drug Treatment Court is to decrease substance abuse and related criminal behavior of non-violent habitual offenders through a comprehensive court-supervised drug treatment program, thereby increasing public safety by helping the participants to lead healthier, productive lives.
Drug Treatment Court (DTC) is a post-plea treatment-based program that offers intensive rehabilitation services to criminal defendants whose crimes are driven by their addiction. DTC is a 4-phase, 12-18 month program for adults who have committed non-violent crimes due to their problems with drugs/alcohol and are residents of Worcester County. This program is a team effort that involves the District Court, Circuit Court, State’s Attorney’s Office, Office of the Public Defender, Worcester County Health Department, Worcester County Jail, Division of Parole & Probation and local law enforcement.
Family Recovery Court
The mission of the Worcester County Family Recovery Court is to provide the opportunity for families to access, participate in and benefit from strength based services through increased judicial oversight and support. The Vision of the FRC is to increase the likelihood that children in our community will remain or be reunified in a safe stable family environment.
Family Recovery Court (FRC) is a treatment-based program that offers intensive rehabilitation services to participants who have been adjudicated in a CINA case where the findings were based upon substance abuse. FRC is a 4-phase, 12-18 month program for adults who have open CINA cases due to their problems with drugs/alcohol and are residents of Worcester County. This program is a team effort that involves the Circuit Court, Worcester County Department of Social Services, Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, Office of the Public Defender, Worcester County Health Department, Lower Shore CASA, and Division of Parole & Probation (when necessary).