The Adult Drug Court is a Treatment Court which accepts both misdemeanor and felony defendants. This Court combines support, case planning, treatment, and ongoing review from a team of court and treatment professionals to help participants manage their recovery. Our team of professionals is dedicated to helping participants by using a supportive approach to address their substance use disorder and any other issues.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Livingston County resident
  • Non-violent offender
  • Diagnosed Substance Use Disorder by Adult Drug Court treatment provider


Defense Attorney fills out and submits Adult Drug Court Referral Packet


1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month

Presided by

Felonies – Chief Judge Michael P. Hatty
Misdemeanors – Judge Daniel B. Bain

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Adult Drug Court?

​Adult Drug Court (ADC) is a Treatment Court which targets offenders with substance use disorders through comprehensive supervision, drug testing, treatment services, sanctions and incentives.

Adult Drug Court provides a team of professionals dedicated to helping our participants by using a supportive approach to addressing their substance use disorder and any other issues.

Who are the members of the Adult Drug Court team?

​Felony Team ​Misdemeanor Team
Judge Michael P. Hatty
Prosecutors Office Representative
Defense Attorney
Treatment Provider
Peer Support Specialist
Resource Coordinator
Specialty Court Programs Administrator
​Judge Daniel B. Bain
Prosecutors Office Representative
Public Defenders Office Representative
District Court Probation
Community Treatment Provider
Peer Support Specialist
Resource Coordinator
Specialty Courts and Programs Administrator

What is the process for admission to the Adult Drug Court?

​Admission into the Adult Drug Court (ADC) is a legal process, so please consult with your Defense Attorney. Your Defense Attorney will work with the Prosecutor’s Office to determine eligibility. ADC has requirements that must be met including being a Livingston County resident and a nonviolent offender.

Once the Prosecutor verifies the above requirements are met, your Defense Attorney will pick up an Adult Drug Court packet from the courtroom. You will consult with your Defense Attorney regarding the requirements and enter a plea for ADC. Once the appropriate forms are filled out and returned to the Court, the ADC Team will look at your case to determine if you will be admitted into the Program.

What should I do while my admission is considered?

​You will be provided the information to get into contact with the ADC Resource Coordinator to schedule a Program Orientation so that you can get more information about ADC and can ask any questions you may have.

Why would I want to participate in Adult Drug Court?

​Unlike traditional probation, ADC has grants that will pay for your treatment and drug testing. In addition, the possibility of breaking the cycle of addiction, criminal behavior, lost jobs, failed relationships, wrecked cars, and the potential of becoming a clean, productive member of society is a great motivator. Graduates regularly return to tell the Judge and Team how much their lives have improved and how much they appreciate ADC for a “second chance.

Does Adult Drug Court address mental health issues?

​Yes, but the primary diagnosis to enter into ADC is a substance use disorder. However, ADC does address concurrent mental health issues. Unaddressed mental health issues do interfere with a person’s ability to make long-term, pro social lifestyle changes. When mental health counseling is needed, the Drug Court Team helps the participant access treatment services, which will address both the mental health and substance abuse issues. A benefit is that the grant can pay for these services. ADC takes a holistic approach in helping participants address medical, social, financial, family, employment, housing, educational, and mental health needs.

How long does the program last?

​The length of the Program is based on each participant’s progress in identified problem areas as described in measurable terms on their individualized treatment plan. This typically takes between 15 months and 30 months, with the average time being approximately 15 months.

Who pays for Adult Drug Court?

There is a one-time $500 Adult Drug Court Fee and the remainder of the cost for testing and treatment are paid for by the Adult Drug Court Program. There will be fines and costs assessed to your case that must be paid in full before you can graduate from ADC.

Will Adult Drug Court help with housing and transportation?

​Yes. ADC has a Resource Coordinator who works with each participant to assist them in meeting their immediate needs such as housing, transportation, medical insurance, and any other needs.

Program Information Contact
Sara Applegate
Specialty Courts and Programs Administrator
(517) 540-7664

Referral & Orientation Contact
Jessica Brzys
Adult Drug Court (ADC) Coordinator
(517) 540-7260

Livingston County Courts

Livingston County Official Logo


Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed County Holidays

Judicial Center

204 S Highlander Way
Howell, MI 48843