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Recovery Court



About Recovery Court:

Vernon County Recovery Court is comprised of two tracks:  Drug Court and Sobriety Court.  Both programs are post-adjudication drug court, individuals have been convicted of an offense prior to beginning the program.  In August 2011 Vernon County’s Sobriety Court program was initiated.  Sobriety Court is a 14-month long program for individuals convicted of repeat OWI offenses.  As of March 2022, 58 participants have successfully completed Sobriety Court. 


A Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) grant was awarded to Vernon County in October 2017 and again in 2020 to assist in financing the Drug Court.  Drug Court is a collaborative effort between numerous public and private entities to make a positive impact on the criminal justice system in Vernon County.  Drug Court accepted its first participants in March 2019 and celebrated their first graduation in July 2020, with several others since then. 


In 2022 Vernon County was awarded a WI DOJ Treatment & Diversion (TAD) grant which provides access to Certified Peer Specialists through Next Steps for Change

These programs provide individuals the opportunity to change their life circumstances and become alcohol and drug free. This is accomplished by comprehensive assessment and treatment for substance abuse and mental health diagnosis, intensive supervision, random drug and breath testing, regular court appearances and immediate sanctions and incentives in response to behavior. Honesty and individual accountability are at the foundation of the program.

The program represents the efforts and teamwork of numerous key stakeholders to break the cycle of substance use and reduce crime, making Vernon County a healthier place to live.  The programs utilize a team approach to provide participants with all of the possible tools required to get into recovery quickly, stay in recovery, and lead a productive, crime-free life.