West Central Iowa Drug Court is pleased to announce that Monona County has elected to join the WCIDC program in becoming a participating member of the Drug Court team.
The conjoining of Monona County is a welcome addition to the program. The counties now participating in the program are Cherokee, Crawford, Ida, and Monona.
The Honorable E. A. Jacobsen presides over the program and is assisted by Coordinator Heidi Slechta. This program offers an alternative to incarceration through intense supervision, strict rules, constant drug testing, and several requirements that must be met in order to graduate.
The goal of this program is to rehabilitate addicts and assist them into becoming productive members of society. The program uses zero taxpayer dollars and it is fully self-supporting. Over the course of the last 24 months, 11 individuals have graduated from the program.
Ninety-six percent of the graduates have not been re-arrested for a drug related offense. These statistics show that Drug Court is an effective and worthwhile program that is keeping drugs and drug dealers off the street, according to WCIDC officials.
They maintain it is helping to build safer communities, prevent recidivism, reunite families and promote sobriety.
Also, the 2012 Annual Iowa Court Reporters Convention was held in Sioux City in June. The Convention had several great speakers. Heidi Slechta was chosen to be a keynote speaker. Slechta shared her amazing personal story of recovery, explained her own personal struggles of addiction and how West Central Iowa Drug Court helped change her life and helped to make her a productive member of society, since Heidi herself graduated from Drug Court in 2007, and is now gratefully the Coordinator of WCIDC.
She looks forward to the future and continuously loves helping change other addict's lives for the better.
Other keynote speakers included Jean Dexter and Nikki Peters, who were both court reporters throughout the high profile trial of Casey Anthony, who was found not guilty of first-degree murder or manslaughter of her two year old daughter, Caylee Anthony.
Also speaking was Sgt. Judy Kellen from the Street Level Drug Task Force in Sioux City. Sgt. Kellen lectured and educated about the ongoing problems with addictions, illicit street drugs, and the ongoing criminal conduct in the Sioux City area.
The conference was educational and beneficial to all who attended. The program would like to commend Heidi Slechta for representing Cherokee, Crawford, Ida and Monona Counties on behalf of the West Central Iowa Drug Court program.