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The Adult Drug Court is designed to treat substance abuse issues within the criminal justice system. The main goal of Adult Drug Court is to focus on substance abuse treatment and compliance. 

Drug Court works as a team including Bristlecone Family Resources, Case Management Services, Washoe County Public Defender, and Parole and Probation


Participants are subject to random drug and alcohol testing regardless of substance abuse history. Tests may be administered at CMS or Bristlecone.




Adult Drug Court is a minimum of 18 months - 12 months of treatment, then 6 months of aftercare.

Cost is $2000 or $175 per month. Program is completed only after all fees are paid in full.

Court appearances start weekly and can be set out up to monthly depending on the progress of the participant.

Bristlecone Family Resources

Bristlecone Family Resources provides intensive outpatient services, treatment groups, individual counseling, and drug and alcohol testing. 


Case Management Services

Case Management Services can help with housing referrals, employment referrals, and provides drug and alcohol testing.

Parole and Probation

Participants may be sent to Adult Drug Court as a condition of probation or diversion. Participants are expected to comply with probation and follow all requirements. Probation may be extended to maximum term; or may be shortened with honorable discharge when completed.

Additional Requirements

Participants are required to be employed or attending vocational training. Transitional living housing options are available.

Other Programs Utilitized

Salvation Army
Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission
Step 2
Ridge House
Launching Pad 

NO alcohol
NO narcotic pain medication
NO opiates
NO methadone

(Even with a prescription)