The Florida Association of Drug Court Professionals was created by Florida statute 397.334.
5)(a) The Florida Association of Drug Court Program Professionals is created. The membership of the association may consist of drug court program practitioners who comprise the multidisciplinary drug court program team, including, but not limited to, judges, state attorneys, defense counsel, drug court program coordinators, probation officers, law enforcement officers, members of the academic community, and treatment professionals. Membership in the association shall be voluntary.
(b) The association shall annually elect a chair whose duty is to solicit recommendations from members on issues relating to the expansion, operation, and institutionalization of drug court programs. The chair is responsible for providing the association's recommendations to the Supreme Court Treatment-Based Drug Court Steering Committee, and shall submit a report each year, on or before October 1, to the steering committee.
The general assembly of the Florida Association of Drug Court Professionals met for the first time on April 4, 2002 in Orlando, FL. The organization was founded out of needs identified by the statewide Task Force on Treatment-Based Drug Courts, which was created by Administrative Order, AOSC 02-24 on 8/23/02 by Chief Justice Anstead, Supreme Court of Florida. Functions of the Task Force includes:
"Assist the Florida Association of Drug Court Professionals in determining training needs for professionals involved with the treatment-based drug court concept."
The Association is involved in many activities that benefit drug court professionals and the communities they serve. Training, drug testing, case transfers and tracking legislation are a few of the activities in which FADCP engages.
All drug court professionals and friends of drug court programs are encouraged to join, participate and assist this emerging field!