Judge Clare Maier presides over an equally diverse, and particularly eclectic, set of calendars, including the Prop 36, FADS (Felony Alternative Drug Sentencing), and misdemeanor domestic violence calendars, plus many more.
spare time, Judge Maier
also teaches yoga, plants flower beds and bakes up a storm - and that's just for her
juggles all of these disciplines with her
trademark enthusiasm, hard work and compassion.
Unfortunately, our Proposition 36 Drug Court lost all of its funding as of June 30, 2011, and we no longer have funding for representatives from our County Alcohol and Other Drug Services ("AODS") team members.
Thus, when drug offenders are referred for treatment, they are likely to encounter long waiting lists for both residential and out-patient treatment facilities.
, however, worked with treatment providers and representatives of AODS to maintain treatment services, including drug testing - a critical component to ensure compliance - and is working on a plan to arrange transportation from detention facilities to residential treatment programs.
Additionally, one of our County programs will be creating a "retention group" for defendants on waiting lists for residential treatment programs.
We also have funding for an intensive (out-patient) program for women with children, an invaluable program as the waiting list for women's treatment beds is particularly long.
So, despite the lack of funding, our Court is able to continue to offer treatment for addiction, largely because of the tremendous efforts of Judge Maier
and all of the participating agencies.