Olmsted County Drug Court


The Olmsted County Drug Court (OCDC) represents a collaborative effort of criminal justice stakeholders working together to break the cycle of substance abuse. The partners in the effort have a closer working union than is traditionally seen in criminal courts. The OCDC provides individuals the opportunity to change life circumstances and become alcohol and drug free. OCDC utilizes evidence based practices in its delivery of services and works in collaboration with community providers for chemical health and ancillary services. Honesty and individual accountability are at the foundation of the program.

The program is a minimum of 15 months, and is divided into five phases: Primary components of the program include: chemical dependency and mental health assessment(s), participation in cognitive behavioral programming, random alcohol and drug testing, home visits, regular court appearances, case management meetings, case plans, attendance of community support groups, obtain employment or pursue education and participate in pro-social activities. Participants must complete a Phase Advancement Petition, which must be approved by the Drug Court Team, to advance into the next phase of the program. Upon graduation participants remain on supervision at a level deemed appropriate by DFO Community Corrections.

The eligibility criteria consist of Olmsted County residents who are charged with or convicted of a felony level offense may be eligible to participate in Drug Court. A defendant’s eligibility will be determined by assessment of the defendant’s risk/need status. Eligible offenders will have, (1) been determined as having a moderate or severe chemical use disorder according to the Rule 25 or chemical health assessment, AND (2) had been administered the RANT and LS-CMI and have been determined to be high risk.

Olmsted County Drug Court Participant Handbook(1.25 MB)

Olmsted County Drug Court Polices and Procedures Manual(1.55 MB)

Drug Court Request to be Considered(141 KB)

Volunteer Steering Committee Application

Contact information:

Joe Vogel
Drug Court Coordinator
507 328-7213
151 4th Street SE - 4th Floor GC
Rochester, MN 55904