Colquitt Superior Court Substance Abuse/Mental Health
Treatment Court Program

Colquitt County Courtroom

 The mission of the Colquitt County Substance Abuse/Mental Health Treatment Court Program is to enhance public safety and build stronger families and communities by focusing resources towards treatment of the substance abuse/mental health offender.

Our goal is to reduce costs, reduce crime rates, and hold individual participants accountable, while providing them with a means to become productive, law abiding, citizens.

Drug Court Handbook

Substance Abuse Track

The Colquitt County Treatment Court Staff consists of the Superior Court Judge, the District Attorney, the Public Defender,
a Probation Officer, the Treatment Court Coordinator, treatment providers, law enforcement representative and program evaluator.  The Superior Court Judge chairs the staff who works together to support and monitor a participant’s recovery.  Each member maintains a balance of authority, supervision, support and encouragement.


The Colquitt County Treatment Court Program is flexible to ensure that participants are provided access to the most appropriate treatment paths. Participants are screened and assessed by program staff.  Some referrals may be diverted from jail and enrolled in other treatment programs to address specific needs on a more intensive scale. Participants who are enrolled in the post-adjudication probation program are placed in either the mental health track or the substance abuse track.

The substance track focuses on repeat drug offenders with little or no history of debilitating mental health issues.  The track has a twelve to twenty-four month completion span.  It focuses on group sessions, frequent drug tests, and twelve step therapies.

The mental health track is used for those participants with a primary mental health disability.  Many have overlapping
substance abuse disorders.  Often, level of functioning is considered when placing into a track.

The Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the treatment court budget and resources, grant writing, maintaining
individual files on participants, compiling statistical data and guiding program evaluation.  The Coordinator
monitors the participant’s progress, and oversees the strong participants’ progress in the program.

Ten Key Components of Drug Court Services
ONE: Drug Courts integrate alcohol and other drug treatment services with justice system case processing.
TWO: Using a non-adversarial approach, prosecution and defense counsel promote public safety while protecting participants’ due process rights.
THREE: Eligible participants are identified early and promptly placed into the drug court program.
FOUR: Drug Courts provide access to a continuum of alcohol, drug and other related treatment and rehabilitation services.
FIVE: Abstinence is monitored by frequent alcohol and other drug testing.
SIX: A coordinated strategy governs drug court responses to participants’ compliance.
SEVEN: Ongoing judicial interaction with drug court participant is essential.
EIGHT: Monitoring and evaluation measure the achievement of program goals and gauge effectiveness.
NINE: Continuing interdisciplinary education promotes effective drug court planning, implementation and operations.
TEN: Forging partnerships among drug courts, public agencies and community-based organizations generates local support and enhances
drug court program effectiveness.

Ten Key Components of Mental Health Services
ONE: A broad base group of stakeholders representing the criminal justice, mental health, substance abuse treatment and other related systems guides the administration of the Court.TWO: Eligibility criteria address public safety and considers a community’s treatment capacity.
TWO: Eligibility criteria address public safety and considers a community’s treatment capacity
THREE: Participants are identified, referred, and accepted into mental health courts, and then linked to community-based service providers as quickly as possible.
FOUR: Terms of participation are clear, promote public safety, facilitate the defendant’s engagement in treatment and provide for positive legal outcome for positive legal outcomes for those individuals who successfully complete the program.SEVEN: Health and legal information should be shared in a way that protects individual rights as mental health consumers and their rights as defendants.
FIVE: Defendants fully understand the program requirements before agreeing to participate in a mental health court.
SIX: Mental Health Courts connect participants to comprehensive and individualized treatment supports and services in the community.
SEVEN: Health and legal information should be shared in a way that protects individual rights as mental health consumers and their rights as defendants.
EIGHT: A team of criminal justice and mental health staff and treatment providers receives special, ongoing training.
NINE: Criminal justice and mental health staff monitor participants’ adherence to court conditions, offer individualized incentives and sanctions to promote the participants’ recovery.
TEN: Data are collected and analyzed to demonstrate the impact of the mental health court.

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Colquitt SA/MH Treatment Court Team

Judge
Honorable, Brian A. McDaniel
Office: (229) 616-7445
Fax: (229) 616-7447
bam@southernjudicialcircuit.com

Program Director
Jennifer S. Fabbri, JD
Office: (229) 616-7445
Cell: (229) 561-0526
Fax: (229) 616-7447
j_fabbri@hotmail.com

Treatment Providers
Sherri Laster
Office: (229) 456-1161
Fax: (229) 891-7163
slaster@georgiapines.net

Case Manager
Tylisha Hill
Office: (229) 616-7445
Cell: (229) 603-4518
Fax: (229) 616-7447
thill@southernjudicialcircuit.com

Prosecutor
April Senn Hancock
Office: (229) 616-7476
Fax: (229) 616-7479
ahancock@pacga.org

Public Defender
Guy Terry
Office: (229) 616-7070
Fax: (229) 616-7067

Probation Officer
Rebecca Dalton
Office: (229) 891-7270
Fax: (229) 891-7271
rebecca.dalton@dcs.ga.gov

Colquitt County Sheriff’s Department
Jeff Faircloth
Office: (229) 616-7430
Fax: (229) 616-7015
jfaircloth@ccboc.com

Program Director
Jennifer S. Fabbri, JD
Office: (229) 616-7445
Cell: (229) 561-0526
Fax: (229) 616-7447
j_fabbri@hotmail.com