First San Juan Drug Court Graduate Leaves with ‘Tools to Maintain Sobriety’

Posted July 14, 2021 at 5:30 am by

Jordan Lynn-Jefferson receives his order of dismissal from San Juan County Superior Court Judge Kathryn Loring. San Juan County, Contributed.

From San Juan Coun­ty Adult Drug Court

The San Juan Coun­ty Adult Drug Court award­ed its first cer­tifi­cate of grad­u­a­tion to Jor­dan Lynn-Jef­fer­son of Orcas Island July 7.

After 697 days or almost 24 months in the county’s ther­a­peu­tic pro­gram, Jor­dan emerges a more self-con­fi­dent and mature young man with goals for his life and tools to main­tain his sta­bil­i­ty and sobriety.

“We are proud to hon­or our first Drug Court grad­u­ate,” said San Juan Coun­ty Supe­ri­or Court Judge Kathryn Loring.

The San Juan Coun­ty Drug Court, which launched in Jan­u­ary 2019, is a ther­a­peu­tic pro­gram designed to reduce sub­stance abuse and crim­i­nal recidi­vism, and increase reha­bil­i­ta­tion and com­mu­ni­ty safety.

Drug Court sus­pends the tra­di­tion­al crim­i­nal case while the indi­vid­ual engages in an inten­sive process for approx­i­mate­ly two years, includ­ing fre­quent court hear­ings, eval­u­a­tion and treat­ment for sub­stance abuse and addic­tion, fre­quent test­ing for drugs and alco­hol, liv­ing skills class­es and facil­i­tat­ed goal set­ting, and sup­port in engag­ing in con­tin­ued edu­ca­tion or obtain­ing sus­tained employ­ment by graduation.

“The suc­cess of Drug Court is the result of the hard work of the par­tic­i­pants, as well as the com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion of our numer­ous local part­ners in law and jus­tice, behav­ioral health part­ner Com­pass Health, and the com­mu­ni­ty,” said Judge Lor­ing. “It is an hon­or to join par­tic­i­pants on their jour­ney through Drug Court, and it is incred­i­bly reward­ing to wit­ness their suc­cess and healing.”

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