The milestone graduation celebrated with one graduate.
Since the Bradley County Juvenile Drug Court was established, there have been approximately 60 participants with 25 graduates. Each participant in the program attends court weekly and appears before Bradley County Magistrate Kurt Benson.
“Graduation from the drug court program is the culmination of much hard work on the part of the participant, parents, family and the Drug Court staff,” said Benson.
According to Terry Gallaher, juvenile court director, the program has been responsible for helping many families deal with the critical problem of severe drug and alcohol addiction involving youth.
“We must continue to implement successful and effective programs designed to help the children of Bradley County,” said Gallaher.
The program is successful, according to Gallaher, due to the partnership between many county and city agencies, including Cleveland City Schools, Bradley County Schools, 10th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Bradley County Public Defender’s Office, Cleveland Police Department, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, and drug court coordinator Darlene Caylor.
“I am proud to be a part of a team who cares for kids and their families, and go the extra mile to impact and make a difference in the community,” said Caylor.
The program’s success is also attributed to its many community partners including Moe’s restaurant, Walmart and Target.
“The Bradley County Juvenile Drug Court will continue in its endeavors to make our community drug free and be a great asset to our community,” said Gallaher.