The courts are uniquely positioned to help struggling individuals find a path to lifelong recovery.
Over the last few years, the Kentucky Court of Justice has changed its approach to the state's escalating drug epidemic with the goal of moving toward a recovery-oriented system of care. Through educational programs and new processes, judges, circuit court clerks and court personnel have improved their understanding of substance use disorders and begun applying best court practices to drug-related cases.
As part of this effort, the KCOJ wanted to measure its readiness to give individuals access to the treatment and services they need. Thanks to a grant from the State Justice Institute, the court system was able to collaborate with the Crime and Justice Institute to examine its ability to adopt a recovery-oriented model.
The result is this report: Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care: Needs and Opportunities for Kentucky's Court System.
As the KCOJ begins implementing the recommendations in the report, we encourage you to join us in promoting recovery for the individuals, families and communities impacted by substance use disorders.