LOGAN, W.Va. — On October 4, 2016, the Logan County Juvenile Drug Court held a graduation for two participants. Speakers at the graduation were Mike Lacy, Director of Probation Services; Justice Brent Benjamin; Michael Browning, Representative for Senator Joe Manchin; Jenna Jeffrey, Representative for Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Gabriel Frye, Logan County Juvenile Drug Court Probation Officer. The Honorable Judge Douglas Witten is the presiding judge over Juvenile Drug Court.
Since 2009, 31 participants have graduated from the Logan County Juvenile Drug Court program. The program provides services to youth who are at-risk, abuse substances, or are dependent on drugs and/or alcohol. The program requires the juveniles to be drug screened, attend individual and group counseling, complete community service, etc. The program consists of four phases in which the juveniles and their parents or guardians have periodic reviews before the Honorable Judge Witten. The drug court treatment team meets prior to the drug court hearings where they review the individual cases to determine the juveniles’ compliance and determine if changes need to be made to the juveniles’ treatment. Once the juveniles graduate, they are provided after-care for an additional six months. The Juvenile Drug Court Probation Officer works in conjunction with the treatment team and families to ensure compliance and progress.