WILMINGTON — The You-Turn Recovery Docket, a specialized docket within Clinton County Common Pleas Court designed for those addicted to alcohol and/or drugs, will hold its first graduation ceremony Friday, July 29 at the Wilmington Presbyterian Church.
The public is invited to the ceremony which will begin at 7 p.m. at the church, 840 Timber Glen Drive, Wilmington. It will follow a private dinner at the church from 6 to 7 p.m. for participants, supporters and friends of the “You-Turn” Recovery Docket.
Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck said the event will celebrate the graduation of David Key as well as the progress of other participants in the docket since it was certified by the Ohio Supreme Court in November of 2014.
Key was the first individual to be admitted to the docket, shortly after it was certified. The ceremony will mark his completion of an intensive program of comprehensive substance abuse treatment, close supervision and full accountability.
The keynote speaker will be Gary Mohr, the director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, a national leader in the prison reform movement and close friend of Judge Rudduck. Mohr is director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC). Appointed by Gov. John Kasich in January 2011, he has more than 40 years of correctional experience and a national reputation for innovative and efficient prison management. Throughout his career, Mohr has served in a number of corrections leadership positions in both public and private sectors
A few key supporters and friends of the docket will also be recognized during the ceremony, Rudduck said. Since its inception, the docket has been funded by a grant from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, he added.
Currently, the docket has 20 active participants, several of whom are on track to graduate in the next six months to a year from a program which typically lasts a minimum of 18 months but can run longer or shorter depending on an individual’s commitment to succeeding.
You-Turn Recovery Docket participants are supervised by the judge as the head of a treatment team which also includes court supervision officers and area alcohol and drug treatment providers. The team meets twice a month before status review hearings for participants that are held en masse in the Clinton County Common Pleas Courtroom and are open to the public.
Many people from the community regularly attend the status review hearings to lend support to the participants, including those from local churches and others battling addiction who want to share their stories and offer encouragement.
To ensure accountability, participants are regularly and randomly tested for substance use, rewarded for meeting goals, and sanctioned for not meeting clearly stated obligations.
For more information on the docket, go to www.you-turn-drug-docket.org, follow it on Facebook at You-Turn Recovery Docket, like it on Twitter at You-Turn@UturnDrugDocket, or call 937-382-4276, ext. 1141.