Brockway, PA – According to a bishop in Brockway, some information regarding the Clearfield County Drug Court was not correct.
Bishop Jack Wisor (pastor of Just for Jesus) says information released by the Clearfield Jefferson Drug and Alcohol Commission runs contrary to some of the information that District Attorney William Shaw, Jr. made public and that Sunny 106 and Connect FM broadcast.
DA William Shaw announced on Oct. 24 the establishment of a drug court for Clearfield County.
He stated that it was made possible by funding from the Clearfield Jefferson Drug and Alcohol Commission, which would be providing a case manager at the Clearfield County Jail and a Physician.
According to information provided in a letter to Bishop Wisor, by Susan Ford, Executive Director at the Drug and Alcohol Commission, the Commission has contracted with a physician but no services have been provided thus far.
Ford does not know when the diversionary drug court is going to begin, as they are waiting to hear from the District Attorney’s Office.
Also, the case manager at the jail being paid for by the Drug and Alcohol Commission was not hired to provide services to the diversionary drug court. The case manager is providing substance abuse services under a grant that was agreed to by the Prison Board.
Ford says in her letter that it is unknown if the case manager will provide any services to the drug court. That remains to be seen, depending on capacity and caseload.
Even though the Drug and Alcohol Commission is providing the physician for evaluation purposes for drug court candidates, the Commission has not been involved during the past year in helping to develop policies and procedures for the drug court and the Commission is not aware of any policies or procedures that have been developed.
According to parts of that report: “Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced that the Clearfield County Drug Court is now in operation.
Shaw explained that a Committee of service providers, probation officers, jail personnel and representatives from the Court and District Attorney’s Office have been working on plans for a Drug Court for the past year.
Shaw said the hard work and planning has paid off. Clearfield now has a Drug Court.
The creation of a Drug Court is a very involved process that requires input and buy-in from multiple organizations and service providers.”