WILMINGTON — Judge Tim Rudduck spoke to the Wilmington Rotary Club which meets at noon on Mondays at Damon’s restaurant regarding the You-Turn Recovery Drug Court Docket.
Judge Rudduck considers drug addiction and mental health issues as health care issues, and thinks they should be treated that way.
The “You-Turn” Recovery Docket is a specialized docket within the framework of the Clinton County Court of Common Pleas which serves a target population of those addicted to alcohol and other drugs. The docket provides defendants with an opportunity to avoid incarceration and address their substance dependency issues with support from the judge, probation officers, substance abuse counselors and other members of a specialized docket treatment team.
Rudduck said the docket is highly-structured, requires responsibility and demands accountability from participants in order to avoid incarceration or other sanctions.
Ka’Shira Myburgh, Intensive Supervision Officer, and James Crafton, professional licensed social worker, spoke about their roles in the You-Turn Recovery Drug Docket.
Dustin Rhinesmith, a recent graduate of You-Turn, spoke about his long-time addiction to drugs. He believes that the You-Turn program has helped him become sober, maintain a job and have full-time contact with his son.
You-Turn Recovery Drug Court Docket celebrated the sixth graduation of participants last week.