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Treatment Courts

Buncombe County has four treatment courts coordinated by several community partners.

Treatment courts are a recovery based intervention to assist people living with substance use and mental health disorders out of the justice system and into lives of wellness and stability. Buncombe County has four treatment courts coordinated by several community partners.


  • Adult Drug Treatment Court
  • Sobriety/DWI Treatment Court
  • Family Drug Treatment Court
  • Veteran Treatment Court

Adult Drug Treatment Court

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The Buncombe County Adult Drug Treatment Court (DTC) seeks to reduce drug and prison recidivism, while specifically providing guidance, treatment, and discipline to those facing recovery from addiction. The DTC Team, comprised of probation, law enforcement, treatment providers and court officials, offers individuals the tools necessary to help maintain sobriety years after program completion.


Who may participate:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be a resident Buncombe County
  • Have an alleged substance use or alcohol abuse problem
  • Willing to participate in the program
  • Be involved in a criminal matter in Buncombe County Superior Court
  • Be able to understand and willing to comply with the program requirements
  • Complete an intake
  • Be approved by the DTC Operation Team

Referral Process:

Eligible individuals will consult with their attorneys to request a referral. Attorneys will consult with the DTC District Attorney to have their clients screened by the DTC Coordinator.

Adult Drug Treatment Court Team:

Table: Specialty Court Team Members
Name Title Agency
Honorable Judge Thornburg Presiding Judge Senior Resident Superior Court Judge
Laura Davis Probation Department of Public Safety
Leah Young Probation Department of Public Safety
Melissa Whitson Probation Department of Public Safety
Jeremy Ingle ADA District Attorney Office
Courtney Booth Attorney Public Defenders Office
Matthew Fuenfhausen Clinician RHA Health Services
Kenny Enclade Jail Re-Entry Jail Case Manager RHA Health Services
Sgt. Alex Devan Law Enfourcement BC Sheriff’s Office
LT. Brandon Moore Law Enforcement Asheville Police Department

Location and Time:

Notice: Adult Drug Treatment Court is every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month in the 9th floor courtroom of the Buncombe County Courthouse at 10:45am

Contact

Michael Pesant
Director of Diversion Services
P: (828) 250-6491

Buncombe County Courthouse
60 Court Plaza
Asheville, NC 28801

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Family Drug Treatment Court - "S.O.A.R."

Success Overcoming Addiction Through Recovery

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The S.O.A.R. – FDTC Program has been in Buncombe County since 2005. The goal of S.O.A.R. Family Treatment Court is to help reunite families after parents have successfully undergone treatment and counseling to become more stable in their behavior and recovery efforts. S.O.A.R. is here to help parents and caretakers overcome substance use and promote safety, well-being and permanence for children in their home environments.

Notice: S.O.A.R court is a volunteer court.


Who may participate:

To be eligible for participation in S.O.A.R. Court, participants must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be a resident Buncombe County
  • Have an alleged substance use or alcohol abuse problem
  • willing to participate in the program
  • Be involved in a juvenile matter in Buncombe County District Court (participants may be accepted in the program even if they are not involved in a Juvenile matter if all other requirements are met)
  • Be able to understand and willing to comply with the program requirements
  • Complete an intake
  • Be approved by the S.O.A.R. Operational Team

Referral Process:

Documents:

S.O.A.R. Operational Team

Table: S.O.A.R. Operational Team Members
Name Title Agency
Patricia Young Presiding Judge District Court Judge
Gabriela Volkomer S.O.A.R. Court Coordinator Insight Human Services Inc.
Lisa Gaye Hall Bar Administrator 28th Judicial District Bar
Ron Harrison Jail Diversion Team Lead RHA Health Services
Adrienne Marcellus Regional Director of Treatment Services Insight Human Services Inc.
Amy Hobson Executive Director Eckerd/Caring for Children
Dan Pizzo START SW Supervisor BCHHS
Jill Banks Captain- BCSO BCSO
Becky Turchi Program Director Abba’s House
(varies) Representative Sunrise Community for Recovery & Wellness
Alan Coxie Parent Attorney Attorney
Eva Clement Parent Attorney Attorney

Location and Time

Notice: S.O.A.R. Court is every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month in courtroom 3A district court in the Buncombe County Courthouse at 1pm

Contact

Gabriela Volkomer
S.O.A.R. - Coordinator
P: (828) 490-3278

Buncombe County Courthouse
60 Court Plaza
Asheville, NC 28801

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Sobriety/DWI Treatment Court

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The primary mission of Sobriety/DWI Treatment Court of Buncombe County is to increase public safety and save lives by reducing recidivism of persons with alcohol and drug use disorders. Sobriety/DWI Treatment Court strives to make our streets safer; to create an effective and responsible partnership with community resources; and to foster accountability for the participants by increasing treatment and supervision for the repeat impaired driver.


Who may participate:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be a resident Buncombe County
  • Have an alleged substance use or alcohol abuse problem
  • Have multiple DWI convictions and/or probation violation involving multiple DWI convictions
  • Willing to participate in the program
  • Be involved in a criminal matter in Buncombe County District Court
  • Be able to understand and willing to comply with the program requirements
  • Complete an intake
  • Be approved by the DWI/Sobriety Operation Team

Referral Process:

Eligible individuals will consult with their defense attorneys to request a referral. Attorneys will consult with the Sobriety Court District Attorney to have their clients screened by the Sobriety Court Coordinator.

Documents:

Sobriety/DWI Treatment Court Team

Table: Sobriety/DWI Treatment Court Team Members
Name Title Agency
Honorable Julie M. Kepple Judge Presiding Judge District Court Judge, North Carolina 28th Judicial District
Jillian Davis Coordinator RHA Health Services
Jorge Redmond Assistant District Attorney District Attorney’s Office, North Carolina 28th Judicial District
Virginia Hebert Public Defender Public Defender’s Office, North Carolina 28th Judicial District
Kalla Hughley Probation Officer North Carolina Department of Public Safety
Kendra Queen-Taylor Treatment Representative RHA Health Services/Buncombe County Justice Resource Center
Deputy Pamela Sexton Law Enforcement Representative BC Sheriff’s Office
Officer Maizul Cobeo Law Enforcement Representative Asheville Police Department

Location and Time:

Notice: Sobriety/DWI Treatment Court are held the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month in courtroom 3A district court in the Buncombe County Courthouse at 12:30pm

Contact

Jillian Davis
Sobriety/DWI Treatment Court - Coordinator
P: (828) 250-4653

Buncombe County Courthouse
60 Court Plaza
Asheville, NC 28801

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Veterans Treatment Court

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The mission of the Buncombe County Veteran’s Treatment Court is to promote public safety through accountability and responsibility, and to assist and support veterans and their families through a coordinated effort among the court and community-based Veteran services, – thereby leaving no veteran behind.


Who may participate:

To be eligible for participation in Veterans Treatment Court participants must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be a resident Buncombe County
  • Have an alleged mental health or substance misuse disorder
  • Be charged with F-E felonies and/or Misdemeanors
  • Have served at least 1-day of active duty military service; or receive VA medical care
  • All discharge types accepted (including Dishonorable and Bad Conduct Discharge)
  • Be able to understand and willing to comply with the program requirements
  • Complete an intake and Comprehensive Clinical Assessment
  • Must be approved by the District Attorney’s office

Referral Process:

Eligible individuals will consult with their defense attorneys to request a referral to Veterans Treatment Court. Attorneys will consult with the VTC District Attorney to have their clients screened by the Veterans Treatment Court Coordinator.

Documents:

Veterans Treatment Court Team

Table: S.O.A.R. Operational Team Members
Name Title Agency
Marvin Pope Presiding Judge NC Courts
LeAnn Melton Chief Public Defender NC Courts
Jeremy Ingle Assistant District Attorney NC Courts
Kevin Rumley Veterans Treatment Court - Coordinator NC Brookhaven
Kay Holtzinger Veteran Justice Outreach VA
Katherine Houghton Veteran Justice Outreach VA
Joan McCurry Chief Probation NCDPS
CJ Elkins Probation NCDPS
Dr. Vaske Researcher WCU
Darcie Sootin Care Coordinator VAYA
Matt Fuenfhausen LPC/Clinician RHA Health Services
Charlie Hess Law Enforcement Buncombe County
Roy Rice Law Enforcement Buncombe County

Location and Time:

Notice: VTC Court is every 1st and 3rd Friday of each month in the 9th floor courtroom of the Buncombe County Courthouse at 10:45am

Contact

Kevin Rumley, MSW, LCAS, LCSWA
Veterans Treatment Court - Coordinator
P: (828) 259-6601

Buncombe County Courthouse
60 Court Plaza
Asheville, NC 28801

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