How is the Campbell County Treatment Court funded?
The most notable sources are from the Wyoming Department of Health Substance Abuse Division (WDH) grant which is applied for yearly, and from Campbell County Government. The WDH oversees all 19 drug courts in Wyoming and ensures that each court is operating within the confines of the funding contract.
Annual site visits are conducted by the State with the most recent site visit affirming that the Campbell County Treatment Court Program is successfully operating within the State’s guidelines. In addition to the State funding, the County Commissioners are kind enough to give a 25% cash match, which is a requirement to receive the state funding.
The program also benefits from monies received with the optional 1% sales tax through both the County and the City of Gillette. Finally, participants pay a monthly fee. Not only does this help fund the cost of the program but enhances their accountability in the program.
How does Treatment Court benefit the citizens of Campbell County?
The savings in taxpayer dollars is substantial when compared to the cost of jail, treatment, or incarceration in a state penal facility. Without the option of Treatment Court, participants would likely be incarcerated and supported completely by taxpayer dollars. In contrast, treatment court participants are employed, supporting their family, paying child support and other court ordered obligations, and paying taxes rather than being a tax burden.
At present, the cost to house an inmate for one year in our county jail is approximately $46, 900. Treatment court costs about $9,355 per participant for the entire program. That is a cost savings of about $37, 545 for a year in drug court versus a year in the county jail. With treatment court, treatment costs are less than incarceration, there is less crime being committed to support a habit, and as a working citizen, participants pay taxes instead of using tax dollars.
What does the Felony Treatment court program look like?
- Four different level of intensive probation supervision
- Five different phases of of substance treatment (minimum of 112 hours)
- Electronic/GPS monitoring during Level I
- Frequent random alcohol and drug tests and home visits
- Contact with approved visitors only
- Attendance at other programs such as nutrition classes, financial management, parenting classes, and high school equivalency tutoring.
- Full time employment and/or school
- Requirement to achieve at least a high school equivalency degree
- Mandatory attendance at drug court session held every Tuesday
- Payments of $225 monthly ($2,700 minimum) until successful completion of the program.