The Probation Officer that serves in the Drug Rehabilitation Court provides intense monitoring and supervision for clients accepted in this Court. Treatment and full sobriety is mandated as the clients go through the Provisional and full Drug Court Orders. This Officer attends all the treatment team’s case conferences and provides vital reports on clients’ compliance with the conditions of their orders which include accessing the community supports that would help prevent re-offending.
The responsibilities of the DRC Officer include the following:
- Performing Court Duty:
- Attending Treatment Team Meetings, Pre-Court Meetings, and Court sittings when required.
- Assisting Crown Counsel in determining the eligibility and suitability on all applicants to the DRC throughout the assessment phase
- Verifying any client related information on behalf of the DRC Team to ensure public safety and accurate information.
- Liaising with the DRC Officers to monitor clients compliance with U/a Protocol and receive drug testing results.
- Conducting Investigations and Preparing Reports:
- Providing updates to the DRC Team on all clients from the DCR perspective when required.
- Completing and submit appropriate reports with the supporting documents, as required.
- Providing input regarding Court imposed conditions
- Participating in the determination of sanctions, rewards, and variances for all clients.
- Conducting Case Management:
- Carrying out community visits as a component of the supervision process.
- Liaising with partner agencies, family members, and community persons to continually assess clients’ level of risk and needs.
- Ensuring that the level of supervision to each client matches their phase in the DRC.
- Maintaining updated and accurate documentation for all direct and indirect client contacts, contacts with partner agencies, and contacts with community persons on the APS and paper files.
- Continually assessing the risks and needs of each client
- Engaging in accepted social work practices, as needed, with family and community persons.
- Providing Group Services:
- Assisting with the facilitation of DCR community groups when scheduled.
- Conducting Research:
- Identifying services that could benefit DRC clients/ family members and propose new programme(s).
- Liaising with partner agencies to be kept aware of prevalent types of drugs, and changes in the types of drugs used in the jurisdiction.
- Researching and discussing amongst team members the best practices of Drug Courts.
- Maintaining a thorough understanding of substance addiction and the recovery process and how these processes impact community supervision.
- Compiling Statistics and Ensuring File Management:
- Completing accurate monthly statistics when required in accordance with departmental policies.
- Maintaining paper and electronic files in accordance with departmental standards.
Last Updated: 2013-04-04