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FAQ's Behavioral Health Adult Felony Therapeutic Drug Court (TDC) 

What if I relapse while in the TDC Program?

You may relapse during this program, but that just means you have more work to do. It does not necessarily mean however, that you will be terminated from the program. The TDC team understands that addiction is a devastating disease which consumes you. All we ask is that you are honest and tell us if it happens. That way the team can make sure the program is fitting your needs, or if you need something different or something more. 

What sanctions are given while participating in the TDC Program?

If you do not comply with the treatment tasks or attend mandatory meetings, the Judge will sanction your actions. Possible sanctions include: Increases AA/NA meetings - Increases case management contacts - Day reporting - Work release program - Work crew - Electronic monitoring - Jail time - Community service hours.

How do drug screens work within the TDC Program?

You will be required to provide ongoing random urine samples to monitor your progress. A same-gendered treatment staff member will supervise you when you give a specimen. Urinalysis reports are documented and available to the Court. Any positive urine screens, tampered samples, or refusal to provide a sample may be grounds for sanctions from the Judge.

You must be very careful not to ingest: Alcohol - Poppy seeds in any form (muffins, bagels) - Flushing Agents - natural or herbal remedies - Over the counter medications, such as Nyquil, without prior approval - Metabolife or other over the counter diet aids.

Can I participate in the TDC Program if I have a serious medical condition?

In general, if you have a serious medical condition you will not be excluded from the TDC Program. You must be willing to fully disclose your condition and medical care to the treatment providers and TDC team. If you are taking medication for your condition, you must continue to do so. Although we can be flexible and work around your condition, you must be able to engage in the complete treatment. Participants with contagious diseases (such as Tuberculosis, Hepatitis C, and HIV) are also permitted in the TDC Program. Individuals with communicable diseases will be referred to Spokane County Health.

Can I use prescription medications as a participant in the TDC Program?

As a general rule, TDC participants are expected to be drug free, including the use of a prescription medication. If you doctor prescribes medication, you must bring in the prescription to your case manager. You will then sign a release so that the case manager can verify the prescription. While in the TDC program, you must use ONE doctor and ONE pharmacy.

What if I need child care during TDC appointments?

There may be resources for child care for your children while you are participating in treatment requirements. Please discuss this with the TDC team if child care is needed. Child care is available. There is a Children’s Waiting Room, located in the courthouse complex, where your children may stay while you are at court appearances.

What if I want to travel outside of Spokane County while in the TDC Program?

If you need to travel outside Spokane County, you must receive approval from your NEWTA primary case manager. If your request is approved, a signed travel permit is given to you.  (If you are on DOC dual supervision, you must also obtain approval from your PO.)

What are grounds for termination from the TDC Program?

You will be terminated from the TDC program if you do not comply with the treatment. Although a relapse is not grounds for termination, a continual inability to meet your treatment goals will result in expulsion. There are several grounds for possible termination.

These may include:
  • Possession of alcohol, drugs, or paraphernalia at your residence, in your car, or on your person.
  • Possession of a weapon in your residence, car, or on your person.
  • New charges, in particular violent or sex crimes.
  • Engaging in an intimate relationship, or living with another TDC program participant.
  • Corrupting or negatively influencing another TDC program participant.
  • Tampering with a UA (Urine Analysis) sample, using the urine of someone else for your own, or allowing someone else to use your urine for their sample.
  • Flushing, adulterating, diluting, using charcoal or utilizing another method to attempt to mask use. 
What happens if I am terminated from TDC Program?

If you are terminated, you will not get a jury trial.  When you opted into the TDC program, you stipulated to the facts in the police report(s). The Judge will review the police reports and the Affidavit of Probable Cause. If the facts alleged provide sufficient facts to support a finding of guilt, the Judge will pronounce you guilty and impose a sentence. 

Additional Frequently Asked Questions and more information is available online in the Participant Handbook or by viewing additional information on Drug Courts.