Drug Court

Drug Court

The Douglas County Drug Treatment Court was established in January 2020 by Judge Kay Huff and the Drug Court Team. Drug Court is a four-phase treatment court for adults who are charged with felonies or have pending felony probation violations and have a substance use disorder.

Presiding Judge: The Honorable Mark Simpson

Drug Court
The Drug Court Team with two program graduates.

The Drug Court is a collaboration among the District Court, the Douglas County District Attorney, Douglas County Criminal Justice Services, DCCCA, law enforcement and others.

Anyone can make a referral to the Douglas County Drug Court by filling out the referral form.


The mission of the Drug Court of Douglas County is to reduce recidivism of individuals with substance use disorder who are in the criminal justice system by offering community treatment and a therapeutic court setting.


  • Reduce recidivism among Drug Court participants.
  • Promote and enhance public safety.
  • Provide accountability and alternatives to incarceration for those with substance use disorders.
  • Engage the community in the recovery process through education and awareness of the addiction cycle.

By working together, the Team provides the participants with long-term treatment, judicial oversight, consistent, supportive supervision, objective measures of abstinence, and recovery skills necessary to maintain a substance-free lifestyle. The Team hopes to provide an alternative to incarceration that positively affects the participants and strengthens their family and the community.

Drug Court Information Sessions

During these sessions, Adult Services Officer Shannon Bruegge will explain who is eligible for Drug Court, discuss what is expected of participants, and answer any questions attendees may have. Attorneys, defendants, and members of the public are all welcome to attend.

Dates: The 2nd Wednesday of every month

Time: 1:00 PM– 1:30 PM


Division 5 Courtroom

Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center

111 E 11th St, Lawrence, KS 66044

Our Team

Douglas County Staff

James Carpenter
Senior Assistant District Attorney
Shannon Bruegge
Adult Services Officer II - Drug Court
Shannon Young
Adult Services Supervisor
Victoria Sparkman
Division 5 Administrative Assistant
Katrina Hayes
Adult Services Officer - Diversion Coordinator

Community Members

Dakota Loomis

Defense Attorney

Email: dloomis@dakotaloomislaw.com

Phone: (785) 979-6345

Andrea Ott

Drug Court Therapist

Email: info@dccca.org

Phone: (785) 830-8238

Shelby Osborn

Re-entry Case Manager

Phone: 785-830-1000

Sgt. Gwyn Fogarty

Lawrence Police Department

Email: fogarty@lkpd.org

Phone: 785-830-7400