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Judge Pro Tempore and A Commissioner
Contra Costa Superior Court
Los Angeles City College
UC-Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law
Clare M. Maier, 50, of Oakland, also was named to the Contra Costa County Superior Court bench.
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.
Judge Maier, 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.
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