Drug Court holds first graduation

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Barry County Drug Court will celebrate its first graduation on Wednesday, Dec. 16. One of the drug court's first participants will be graduating from the program after 18 months of involvement.

The special event will be held in conjunction with the regular drug court session in the Barry County Associate Circuit Courtroom located in the Barry County Judicial Center in Cassville beginning at 4:30 p.m. Graduation itself will take place at 5:30 p.m.

"We are very excited to honor our first Barry County Drug Court graduate," said Cindy Puryear, drug court coordinator. "This is a big day for us, and we hope members of the community will attend the graduation."

The Barry County Drug Court, which accepted its first participant in May of 2008, is an intensive court-supervised treatment program that is dedicated to improving community safety by breaking the cycle of crime and addiction through accountability.

Drug court offers a unique combination of justice, treatment and rehabilitation. Participants must have a substance abuse addiction that led to their criminal activity and agree to comply with the rigorous standards of the drug court program.

Drug court participants are held accountable for their actions by submitting to frequent drug tests, regular appearances before the judge and an intensive, yet individualized, substance abuse treatment plan.

The Barry County Drug Court's stated vision is "to improve lives for individuals, families and community through a pathway of change for continuation of success in recovery."

For more information about the drug court or the upcoming graduation, call Puryear at 847-3133.

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