The National Center for DWI Courts Academy Court Network identifies exemplary DWI courts to host foundational trainings, receive staff from other jurisdictions for site visits, play a significant role in participating in research and media, and serve as a national model for DWI courts.
The Academy Court Network was developed in collaboration with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and NCDC.
Click here to contact NCDC to get more information about the Academy Court Network and scheduling a court visit.
Athens-Clarke County DUI/Drug Court
325 E Washington St; Suite 430, Athens GA 30601
The Athens-Clarke County DUI Court was founded in 2001 with the goals of not only reducing impaired driving and increasing community safety, but instilling hope in participants and helping them to improve the quality of their lives. Judge Charles Auslander oversees a multidisciplinary team that has built unique partnerships with the nearby University of Georgia and other local entities to provide drug and alcohol testing services that help offset DUI court program costs, as well as to employ participants when needed. The court has also taken steps to provide participants with high-quality, specialized treatment services, including both gender-specific and trauma-informed treatment. This is the fourth consecutive DWI Academy Court designation for the Athens-Clarke County DUI Court.
El Paso DWI Drug Court Intervention and Treatment Program
500 East San Antonio, El Paso TX 79901
Judge Robert Anchondo started Texas’ first DWI drug court in 2004. Since then, he has fostered ongoing improvement in his program and team by continually asking, “Is there a better way to do this?” The El Paso DWI Drug Court has built invaluable partnerships with local law enforcement, universities such as the University of Texas at El Paso and Texas Tech, and local hospitals and medical professionals. Judge Anchondo’s team embraces the region’s diverse population and has taken strides to engage the Hispanic community: family members assist DWI drug court participants to help ensure a more successful recovery process. This is the second consecutive DWI Academy Court designation for the El Paso DWI Drug Court.
South St. Louis County DWI Court
100 North 5th Ave West, Duluth MN 55802
The South St. Louis County DWI Court was founded in 2008, with Judge Shaun Floerke presiding. The court has made dramatic changes over the years, including a fundamental shift from a focus on sanctions to adjusting treatment to better serve participants. Judge Floerke and his team have implemented evidence-based practices based on cutting-edge research, including bringing in a psychologist to address participants’ mental health needs, separating court and treatment tracks according to gender, providing trauma-informed care, and placing an emphasis on long-term recovery. The court program also provides numerous opportunities for its participants to enjoy sober activities on evenings and weekends. This is the first DWI Academy Court designation for the South St. Louis County DWI Court.
Sobriety, Treatment, Education, Excellence & Rehabilitation
217 N 27th Street, Billings MT 59102
Sobriety, Treatment, Education, Excellence and Rehabilitation (STEER), a regional DUI court located in Yellowstone County, Montana, was established in 2011. Judge Mary Jane Knisely’s court program serves participants living in predominantly rural areas, which presents distinct challenges to accessing legal and treatment services. To overcome these challenges, the STEER DUI Court uses innovative technology including a web-based case management system, video teleconferencing, tablets, and smart phone applications to provide compliance monitoring, supervision, and treatment services. The court offers medication-assisted treatment, gender-specific and culturally appropriate treatment, and even yoga and art therapy. In addition, the STEER DUI Court provides support services such as sober housing, parenting classes, alternative transportation, and vocational rehabilitation. This is the first DWI Academy Court designation for the STEER DUI Court.