Eight Participants Set to Graduate from Dauphin County Drug Court

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Dauphin County Drug Court will hold its 27th graduation ceremony on Sept. 21 to honor eight participants for successfully completing the intense rehabilitation program.

The Drug Court program is designed to offer individuals who have contact with the criminal justice system and have drug and/or alcohol use disorders the opportunity for treatment, combined with intensive community supervision, in lieu of incarceration.

This process has helped individuals in returning to healthy, law-abiding lifestyles.

The Dauphin County Drug Court Team chooses to hold a graduation ceremony in September in honor of National Recovery Month, which is a national month of observance to recognize evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the recovery community, and the service providers and members that make recovery possible, as well as the hard work and life changes that the Dauphin County graduates have made.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 1, fifth floor of the Dauphin County Courthouse, 101 Market Street, Harrisburg.

Ralph Foote, 2012 Dauphin County Drug Court Graduate, will deliver the keynote speech.

Judge Edward M. Marsico, Jr., Presiding Judge of the Drug Court Program, will open and close the ceremony. The ceremony may also be viewed virtually via Windstream here: https://meeting.windstream.com/j/1116976768.

Each graduate will deliver a speech about their experience in Drug Court. Judge Marsico will also be addressing the graduates.

Since the program began in 2008, the program has graduated a total of 107 participants (not including the 8 individuals who will be graduating this week).

For more information, contact Heather Burd, Problem Solving Court Specialist, Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office, 717-780-6767.