DWI Court Team - MissouriThe Greene County DWI Court was started in 2004, and it is located in Springfield, Missouri. Springfield is a city in Greene County with a population of 151,000 making it the third largest city in the state. The county population is over 240,000 people. This DWI Court only accepts felony DWI cases with a program capacity of 115 individuals with over 125 graduates.

Presiding:
Commissioner Peggy Davis

Agencies represented on the DWI Court team include:

  • The judge,
  • The prosecutor’s office,
  • Members of the defense bar,
  • Missouri Probation and Parole (community supervision),
  • Sigma House (treatment provider), and
  • Private contractors who provide mental health and case management services.

All team members work together to hold the participants accountable, promote a sense of a unified team presence, protect internal and external program integrity, and protect public safety.

The Mission Statement is:

“To promote public safety by expediting the time interval to get felony DWI offenders into accountability and treatment quickly and to keep the felony DWI offender engaged in treatment long enough to receive treatment benefits.”

The DWI Court holds program staffing meetings every Monday and then directly after that the court review sessions with the participants are held. The participant goes through four phases to get to graduation.

  • PHASE I requires weekly court attendance for a minimum of three months; there is a 10:30 curfew, the participant must complete a naltrexone screening; and there must be 30 days of consecutive days of sobriety immediately prior to advancing to the next phase.
  • PHASE II requires the participant attend court every two weeks for a minimum of four months and during that time the person will identify family issues; maintain employment; take the pre-test for the GED and maintain 60 consecutive days of sobriety immediately prior to moving to the next phase.
  • PHASE III has the participant attending court sessions every four weeks for a minimum of five months and the person has to maintain 90 consecutive days of sobriety before going onto the next phase. In addition, in Phase III, the person has to develop an aftercare plan, and begin community service.
  • PHASE IV is set up to have the person attend court every 6 weeks for a minimum of six months, develop a relapse prevention plan, maintain stable housing and employment, complete 60 hours of community service and maintain six months of sobriety in order to graduate.

At all times during the phases, the participant is expected to comply with court orders, demonstrate consistency in attending treatment, keep all appointments, and submit to random drug testing from three times a week in Phase I to once a week in Phase IV or as directed.

The program has the support of numerous community agencies, the other local courts, the county commission, and county officeholders. It is a team effort inside and outside of the court.