Recovery Court

Judge Gale B. Robinson, Presiding
Nashville & Davidson County, General Sessions Court, Division I

Location: 100 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 10

Nashville, TN 37201

Phone number: (615) 862-5571
Fax Number: (615) 862-8342

 

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About General Sessions Recovery Court

The mission of the General Sessions Recovery Court is to promote judicial intervention and rehabilitation to substance abuse offenders to reduce drug related crimes among repeat offenders and to improve the life of the offender, thereby enhancing the quality of life for their families and community.

The Davidson County General Sessions Recovery Court is for legally involved individuals suffering from substance use disorder who are high risk of re-offending due to their substance use. Recovery Court was created to provide free services to participants while under court supervision for criminal offenses. The Honorable Judge Gale Robinson and his Recovery Court Staff, Tennessee Recovery Foundation, Public Defenders Office, District Attorney’s Office, and numerous partner agencies make up the support system for the Recovery Court. Funded by Davidson County Metropolitan Government and the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services through the Tennessee Recovery Foundation, the Court provides many services needed for positive reintegration into the community.

Recovery Court accepts candidates who can be supervised under bond conditions prior to any conviction.  Upon successful completion of Recovery Court, these open charges are able to be dismissed or otherwise disposed of at the District Attorney’s Office discretion.  Recovery Court also accepts criminal court, community corrections and General Sessions probation cases. The Court requires participants to complete five program phases with a supervision period of about 18 months depending on the participant’s clinical or criminogenic needs. Each phase addresses specific areas of the participant’s life to support the recovery maintenance and societal reintegration into their community.

Program Manager Lauren Berens, Probation Officers Terena Moore, Kate Ramsaur, and Case Manager Leticia Lozano supervise participants to ensure court-ordered requirements are met. Services provided include substance use treatment and medication assisted treatment as clinically assessed, behavioral health services as clinically assessed, a minimum of 8 hours of educational and vocational advancement, HiSet preparations and testing, housing and transportation referrals and assistance, drug and alcohol testing, employment and community service requirements and referrals for any other component in which our Probation Officers and the Treatment team recommend.

While participating in Recovery Court, participants attend office visits with their probation officer at a minimum of once per month to have a one on one check in and provide a safe space in the legal arena for participants to visit.  Additionally, Recovery Court staff complete home and employment visits for all participants on a monthly basis.  These visits allow the probation officer to be further informed on the participant support systems and provides the participant the opportunity to communicate with their probation office on their own space.  Building a strong, safe relationship with participants is a main aspect in the success of the Recovery Court model.

Recovery Court has multiple graduations each year signifying participants’ achievement of meeting all treatment goals and court ordered requirements. Graduation confirms the participant is prepared to reenter their community in recovery and independent of legal involvement and substance use disorder. All graduating participants are invited to return to the program to provide support to current participants or seek assistance from the Court and partnering agencies if additional services are required or requested.

 

Recovery Court Staff and Providers:

Lauren Berens, Director of Recovery Court

LaurenBerens@jis.nashville.org

(615) 862-8380 ext. 70927

Melanie Taylor, Program Manager Cherished Hearts

Anya Logan, Case Manager Cherished Hearts

Resource List:

Move Out Plan

Travel Request

Participant Manual

Phase Description Requirements

Phase 1 Weekly Reporting, Phase 2 Weekly Reporting, Phase 3 Weekly Reporting, Phase 4 Weekly Reporting, Phase 5 Weekly Reporting

Referral – MAT policy , Averhealth Info

Affiliated Agencies:

AverHealth
Safe Harbor
The Next Door
Samaritan Recovery Community