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Big Island Drug Court Celebrates 36th Graduation Ceremony

Posted on May 20, 2016 in Featured News
Hilo Drug Court Judge Greg Nakamura stands in the center of a group of six Big Island Drug Court graduates, all wearing leis, May19, 2016.

Hilo Drug Court Judge Greg Nakamura (center) with the six members of the Big Island Drug Court’s 36th graduating class, May19, 2016.

On May 19, 2016, the Big Island Drug Court held its 36th graduation ceremony in Hilo. Six new graduates were recognized for their many achievements in completing the intensive 18-month program.

Graduates received congratulatory letters from U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, State Representative Clift Tsuji, and Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi. In conjunction with National Drug Court Month, Mayor Kenoi proclaimed May as Drug Court Month for the County of Hawaii.

In Drug Court, participants have access to a court-based intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment program, which also provides intensive case management and probation supervision. Program services include frequent and random drug and alcohol testing, mental health evaluation and treatment, assistance with obtaining employment and housing, random home visits, strict curfew monitoring, and most importantly, frequent review hearings before the drug court judge.

For more about the Big Island Drug Court program, contact the Drug Court Probation office in Hilo at (808) 961-7566, or the Drug Court Probation office in Kona at (808) 443-2200.