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Judge: Drug Court program helping families

JUDGE Teresa Kim-Tenorio said the CNMI Drug Court program is growing and helping more families.

While pleased that the program is working, Judge Kim-Tenorio said the drug epidemic in the commonwealth saddens her.

 The CNMI Drug Court program was established in Dec. 2016 and it currently has 44 active cases. “That number does not include the two who have graduated already,” she added.

She said two more individuals will join the program, adding that 15 or 17 are on the waiting list.

On Thursday, the Drug Court Month proclamation was signed by Lt. Gov. Victor B. Hocog at the Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center in Susupe.

Lt. Gov. Victor B. Hocog poses with other officials after signing the Drug Court Month and Law Day proclamations on Thursday at the Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center.  Photo by Bryan ManabatLt. Gov. Victor B. Hocog poses with other officials after signing the Drug Court Month and Law Day proclamations on Thursday at the Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center. Photo by Bryan Manabat

Judge Kim-Tenorio said the program will conduct outreach activities for junior and high school students on the three main islands.

At the proclamation signing ceremony,  Superior Court Presiding Judge Robert C. Naraja said the CNMI Drug Court has “grown into a shining example of what the three branches of government can do when they work together, and work within the boundaries of our constitution.”

He added, “The Drug Court is providing the CNMI with a model for drug rehabilitation and clients and their respective families are receiving the care, the help and attention it is aimed to do.”

On May 24, the program will hold another graduation ceremony, this time for three participants.

Ta An Kanua-Demapan, Drug Court manager, thanked the program participants and their family members.

“We know we are a new program, but we are working on strengthening our policies and procedures, also our partnership with other treatment providers and those that can really help us end  drug addiction in the CNMI,” she said.

“Every year we try to revise the program standards so we can get better,” she added.

According to Kabua-Demapan, of the 44 active participants, nine are now gainfully employed. 

She said participants will not be employed until they are considered ready and have completed the program’s phases 1 and 2.

To graduate, a participant must maintain sobriety and fulfill program conditions without any violations for a period of 18 months.

Also on Thursday, Lt. Governor Hocog signed a proclamation designating May 1 as Law Day.