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Alternative Tracks in Adult Drug Courts: Matching Your Program to the Needs of Your Clients: Part Two of a Two-Part Series
“If a drug court has such compelling reasons to serve low-risk or low-need individuals, it should consider making substantive modifications to its program to accommodate the characteristics of its participants. This document describes a conceptual framework and evidence-based practice recommendations for designing alternative tracks within a drug court to serve different types of adult participants” (p. 1). Topics explained include: the risk and needs principles; risk and need matrix; high risk and high need (HR/HN)—offenders who have the most to gain from a traditional drug court; low risk and high need (LR/HN)—treatment emphasis ; high risk and low need (HR/LN)—accountability emphasis; low risk and low need (LR/LN)—offenders who have the most to lose from a traditional drug court and who only need an emphasis on diversion; adjusting tracks as needed; and drug testing and other surveillance.