Allen County OWI court first in Indiana to be certified

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Allen Circuit Court’s Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Court is the first of its kind in the state to receive full certification.

The court program, located in Fort Wayne, was given provisional certification by the Indiana Supreme Court in July 2020, allowing it to accept participants charged with drunken driving as a felony.

The program implements evidence-based strategies that include substance abuse treatment, safe and sober housing, plus behavioral therapy programs. Click here to learn more about the program.

The Journal Gazette reports the problem-solving court later received a conditional certification in March from the Indiana Office of Court Services so it could continue services until it received a final on-site review this week.

The court has so far had 107 participants. Those who are successful with the 30-month program can have their felony charges reduced to misdemeanor charges or dismissed entirely.

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