Collaborative Court Programs


The Collaborative Courts are an evidence based drug court model, which establishes a court team that builds on a long lasting partnership of community provided services that involve county government, including the Board of Supervisors and Superior Court administration. The Collaborative Courts work with individuals and families in the criminal justice, and child welfare systems that have been met with the challenge of substance abuse, mental illness and other social welfare issues. Clients are supervised by judicial officers who oversee the client treatment progress through regular court hearings, which includes the use of incentives and sanctions. It is vital that this community collaborative creates access to substance abuse and mental health treatment along with a myriad of additional agencies that provide academic and vocational programming, social services for offenders and their families, housing resources, and other resources needed for a successful reentry into the community. The goal of the Collaborative Courts is to improve client outcomes, reduce recidivism and improve public safety.

The San Joaquin County Superior Court has successfully implemented six adult drug courts since 1995, which include: Parole Reentry Court, Felony Drug Court, DUI Drug Court, Dependency Drug Court, and the Collaborative Courts Partnership Project, all of which have been highly successful.

Dependency Drug Court
Calendar:

Honorable Judge Alva – Department 12

Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. (PROP 2)

Honorable Judge Lucaccini – Department 16

Fridays at 1:30 p.m. (PROP 1)

Description:

The PROP (Parental Recovery Options Plan) program was designed to provide an intensive court monitoring system to increase family reunification rates in San Joaquin County for families that have substance abuse problems. PROP is divided into two separate levels of monitoring:

PROP I is the first level of monitoring. Clients report to Dependency Court every 30-45 days. PROP I is recommended for clients with little or no prior history with:

  • Child Protective Services
  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Domestic Violence
  • Criminal History

 

PROP II is the second level of increased court monitoring. Clients are monitored by Drug Court weekly, bi-weekly and then monthly as the client progresses throughout the year. PROP II is for clients who have a prior history with:

  • CPS/Reunification failure
  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Domestic Violence
  • Criminal History
  • Pos-Tox Infants
  • PROP I Failure

 

Office Hours:

Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (closed for during the lunch hour- 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Contact Information:

Helen Ellis, Collaborative Courts Manager

Julia Scott, Senior Office Coordinator, 992-5408

Estela Corona, Compliance Officer, 992-5412

Peggy Gann, Drug Court Social Worker, 992-5484

Donna Roof, Drug Court Social Worker, 992-5514

Rebecca Laughlin, Program Assistant, 992-5424

Adult Drug Court
Calendar:

Honorable Judge Vlavianos – Department 25

Mondays at 9:00 a.m.

Description:

The purpose of Drug Court is to provide intensive court monitoring so that drug court clients can achieve total abstinence from drugs and alcohol and become productive and responsible members of society.

Eligibility for Felony Drug Court:

San Joaquin County Drug Court mainly targets individuals charged with misdemeanor or felony offenses for which a jail or prison sentence will be imposed. The judge suspends the sentence and orders formal or informal probation with a specific condition that the defendant enters and completes the Drug Court treatment program. Drug Court participation is limited to those persons who have committed only the following violations:

Referable Charges: (but not limited to)

  • Referred at the discretion of the Judge, District Attorney, and Defense Attorney
  • 11377 HS—Possession of a controlled substance
  • 11350 HS—Unlawful possession
  • 11355 HS—Under the influence

 

Office Hours:

Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (closed for during the lunch hour- 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Contact Information:

Helen Ellis, Collaborative Courts Manager

Julia Scott, Senior Office Coordinator, 992-5408

Joaquin Vivero, Case Manager, 992-5422

Rebecca Laughlin, Program Assistant, 992-5424

Erica Mendez, Probation Officer, 468-4121

Parolee Reentry Court
Calendar:

Honorable Judge Vlavianos – Department 25

Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Description:

The Parolee Reentry Court Program (PRC) establishes a long lasting partnership of community services that involves county government and criminal justice representatives, which will aid with parolee reentry into the public.

Eligibility:

  • Both male and female parolees who reside in San Joaquin County, who have been released and have violated a condition of their parole.
  • Parolees who are considered a high risk at returning to prison.

 

Components:

  • Mandatory 12 months participation in PRC
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Evidence based treatment programs
  • Judicial supervision
  • Focus obtaining and maintaining employment
  • Transitional living, a safe & sober environment
  • Focus on obtaining GED if needed
  • Reunification with family
  • Primary health care and dental services
  • Anger management services

 

Contact Information:

Helen Ellis, Collaborative Courts Manager

Julia Scott, Senior Office Coordinator, 992-5408

Jennifer Fowler, Program Coordinator, 992-5413

Kathy Bush, Case Manager, 992-5416

Diego De Alba, Case Manager, 992-5705

Gabriela Zamora, Program Assistant, 992-5672

DUI Court
Calendar:

Honorable Judge Vlavianos—Department 25

Mondays at 1:30 p.m.(Arraignments)

Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. (Tier II DUI Court)

Fridays at 1:00 p.m. (Tier I Compliance Court)

Description:

DUI Court takes the same treatment court model that has proven to be successful in Drug Court programs. The objective of the court is to utilize both accountability and treatment alongside mandated sentencing to help fulfill their sentencing obligations.

Eligibility:

  • All second offense DUIs and higher (possible later expansion to first offenders with a BAC of .18 or higher)
  • Watercraft DUIs and wet and reckless repeat offenders

 

Components:

  • Regular court appearances
  • Accountability to fulfill both DMV and court sanctioned sentencing mandates
  • Regular drug and alcohol testing
  • Home inspections to ensure alcohol free compliance
  • Attendance to 12-step recovery programs
  • Treatment as mandated by the court

 

Contact Information:

Helen Ellis, Collaborative Courts Manager

Julia Scott, Senior Office Coordinator, 992-5408

Sam DeAlba, Court Compliance Officer, 992-5705

Juanita Gipaya, Court Compliance Officer, 992-5415

Sandra Lopez, Case Assessment Manager, 992-5414

Cecilia Rodriguez, Court Compliance Officer,992-5410

Nate Summers, Court Compliance Officer, 992-5417

Tammy De Long, Compliance Officer, 992-5673

Sandra Tienda, Probation Officer (Misdemeanor), 953-7466

Maria Rico, Probation Officer (Felony), 468-4128

Jennie Rodriguez-Moore, Analyst, 992-5515

Post Release Community Supervision
Calendar:

Commissioner Sparks – Department 25

Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m.

Description:

The Post Release Supervision Court Program (PRS) establishes a long lasting partnership of community services that involves county government including the Board of Supervisors and Superior Court administration, which will aid with probation reentry into the community.

Eligibility:

  • Both male and female AB109 Probationers in the San Joaquin County, who have been released and referred by probation.
  • Probationers considered at high risk for reoffending.

 

Components:

  • Judicial Supervision
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Focus obtaining and maintaining employment
  • Transitional living, a safe and sober environment
  • Focus on obtaining GED, if needed
  • Reunification with family
  • Primary health care and dental services
  • Anger management services

 

Office Hours:

Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (closed for during the lunch hour- 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Contact Information:

Helen Ellis, Collaborative Courts Manager

Jennifer Fowler, Program Coordinator, 992-5408

Art Serna, Court Compliance Officer, 992-5409

Laura Padilla, Program Assistant, 992-5406

Jamie Hood, Probation Officer, 468-9657

Monitoring Court
Calendar:

Honorable Judge Johnson – Department 32

Mondays at 1:30 p.m.

Description:

The Monitoring Reentry Court Program is to address Post Release Community Supervision clients that have been assessed by Probation as High Risk for Violence and Gang Affiliation. Provides resources needed for a successful reentry into the community.

Eligibility:

Both male and female AB109 Probationers in the San Joaquin County, who have been identified by probation as high risk for violence and/or low to moderate substance abuse users.

Components:

  • Judicial Supervision
  • Counseling for violent behaviors
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Focus on obtaining and maintaining employment
  • Obtaining GED, if needed
  • Transitional living, a safe and sober environment
  • Reunification with family
  • Linkage to health care and dental services

 

Office Hours:

Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (closed for during the lunch hour- 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Contact Information:

Helen Ellis, Collaborative Courts Manager

Jennifer Fowler, Program Coordinator, 992-5413

Janet Adams, Case Manager, 992-5421

Jennifer Gilmore, Probation Officer, 468-4122

Chelana Willson, Program Assistant, 992-5406

Choices & Consequences
Calendar:

Honorable Judge Vlavianos

Programs take place at local schools. Days and times vary.

Description:

Choices and Consequences is a DUI prevention program which conducts real sentencing hearings at local schools so that students can see what some of the consequences of driving under the influence can be. The cases sentenced at these assemblies are actual DUI cases from San Joaquin County courts who receive community service credit for agreeing to participate. The program also includes an interactive session between the Judge and the students, followed by a video which depicts local people who have both lost and taken lives of loved ones through drinking and driving. Typically, the program is offered to 8th, 9th and 10th grade students.

The AOC is creating a statewide program based on this model which will be funded by the OTS and managed by the AOC. San Joaquin County is the only court that is collaborating on this project at a faculty level.

Contact Information:

Julia Scott, Project Coordinator, 992-5408

Homeless Court
Calendar:
Honorable Judge Kronlund

Homeless Court is held at:

St. Mary’s Interfaith Community Services

545 W. Sonora

Stockton, CA 95203

Last Friday of the Month from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Except Holidays – Check schedule)

Description:

Homeless Court was developed with the goal of assisting the homeless of San Joaquin County clear up:

  • Minor traffic and moral offenses
  • Bench warrants and Failures to Appear
  • Old fines owed

Without the threat of incarceration and fines individuals serve their sentences with community service volunteer work and participation in programs (AA, Mental Health, etc.) as set up by their shelter case workers.

Individuals can sign up at:

  • Any Homeless Shelter in San Joaquin County
  • Veteran’s Administration
  • Women’s Center

 

Contact information:

St. Mary’s Dining Room, 467-0703