Introduction to Drug Courts

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Brown University Distance Learning Program is offering a credited, on-line course on drug courts.

The prison population continues to fill with many offenders dealing with substance abuse issues. Over a half a million inmates will be release each year. Many of these individuals will continue to have substance abuse issues and as a result will end up returning to prison. In response to this growing problem, drug courts have spread across the country in an effort to lower the recidivism rate. Introduction to Drug Courts is a four week course. Participants will be provided some basic understanding why and how drug courts were developed. Also to be presented includes the process of drug courts, what are the current trends, and the effectiveness of drug courts. The instructor will point out some necessary components, and hurdles for the development of a drug court. Participants will be required to read the materials provided and to access links to the internet. There will be recommended materials to read, a forum section for discussions, and homework.


Stanley K. Chin, JD., is currently an Attorney Advisor with the Social Security Administration. His past experiences include twenty years of service as a police officer, during which he was promoted to detective and worked with troubled youth and prosecuted criminal cases. He also spent several years in the practice of civil law. He was formally a Project Manager with the ATTC-NE, and was involved in collaborations in the areas of criminal justice, corrections, education, gambling, and substance abuse training for both adults and adolescents. One of Dr. Chin’s primary interests is to bridge the gap between the judiciary, corrections, law enforcement, and the addictions field.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Understand why and how drug courts were developed
  • Know how drug courts are being used
  • The effectiveness of drug courts
  • Understand how some users feel about drug courts
  • Gain knowledge on needed components and hurdles of a drug court

Course Requirements

This is a four-week course requirements are:

  • Required on-line reading (one hour per week)
  • Completion of pre and post test
  • Completion of weekly homework assignments (one hour per week)
  • Participation in the weekly course forum
  • Completion of an on-line course evaluation

*Please note that there are no real time events associated with this course. Lessons will be posted on the class home page on Tuesday and responses are due the following Monday. With the exception of the first weeks lesson which will be posted Monday with the responses due the following Monday. Assignments can be accessed at the participant’s convenience.

The total cost of this course is $60.00 the course payment is due by the start date of the course. A full refund is available up until the posting of the second lesson, after which there will be no refunds.


This four-week course, has been approved by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) for 8 educational credits. It is being provided by the Brown Distance Learning program, which is accredited as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider (#000151). This course meets the qualifications for 8 hours of continuing education credit for MFCC’s and/or LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (PCE#1917). This course is approved by the Connecticut Certification Board (CCB) for eight Category 1 continuing education for Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC’s). The CCB is an IC&RC affiliate. The New York State OASAS does accept distance learning CEUs provided by institutions of higher learning for individuals pursuing or renewing a CASAC, CPP or CPS. Certificates will be mailed within two weeks to participants in the program for its duration who submit all required materials.

Please contact your local certification board to verify reciprocity or acceptance of Brown Distance Learning contact hours.

To participate, you must have:

  • An E-mail address and the capacity to retrieve and send E-mail;
  • Access to World Wide Web (the following programs provide WWW access: Netscape, Apple CyberDog, and Microsoft Explorer)
  • Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher is the preferred browser for Brown DLP online courses
  • The ability to navigate the World Wide Web
  • A basic understanding of how to use a computer and send and receive email


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: The course start date or when the course limit is reached.

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