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Otter Tail County adds adult drug court program

The adult drug court program is a 15-month program with five phases. Each phase consists of specified treatment objectives, therapeutic and rehabilitative activities, and specific requirements for advancement into the next phase. For more information, you can contact the Probation Department at 218-998-8500.

The Otter Tail County adult drug court program includes Judge Kevin Miller, Wade Erickson, Hallie Metcalf and Tria Mann. They are pictured sitting together, smiling.
The Otter Tail County adult drug court program includes, from left to right: Judge Kevin Miller, Wade Erickson, Hallie Metcalf and Tria Mann.
(Contributed / Otter Tail County / Perham Focus)

The Minnesota Judicial Council has approved a new adult drug court program in Otter Tail County.

This will be the county’s second treatment court program following the establishment of a DWI Court in 2008.

The adult drug court program is a 15-month program with five phases. The length of time a participant spends in the program depends on individual progress. Each phase consists of specified treatment objectives, therapeutic and rehabilitative activities, and specific requirements for advancement into the next phase, according to an Otter Tail County news release.

“The Otter Tail County Adult Drug Court will target adult offenders in Otter Tail County who are charged with felony drug crimes and determined to have a substance use disorder,” according to the Minnesota Judicial Branch.

Tria Mann will serve as the drug court coordinator and Judge Kevin Miller will preside over the program. The court will be Minnesota’s 70th operational treatment court.

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“Throughout Minnesota, we have seen countless examples of repeat drug offenders entering drug courts, getting the assistance and treatment they need from the drug court team, and graduating the program in recovery, employed, and ready to contribute to their community,” remarked Miller. He has been working with the Otter Tail County DWI Court since 2018.

The drug court program will have capacity for 25 participants and is expected to launch quickly.

“Receiving the grant from the Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, takes a lot of planning and working together and I am grateful for all the partners both government and private that came together to train, build and now will implement the drug court program.” Mann said. “It is this kind of collaboration that can make a real difference in the life of an individual and our community.”

For more information, contact the Probation Department at 218-998-8500.

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