Mission Statement: The Virginia Drug Court Association was formed in January 2000 to promote the establishment and operation of Drug Courts in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and for the provision of training and resources for Virginia’s Drug Court Professionals.



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Norfolk Adult Drug Court Graduation Photos Here


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Drug Court Spotlight


November Spotlight - Hanover Drug Court

VDCA Board Members



Susan Morrow

Albemarle County/Charlottesville Adult Drug Court



Gregory Hopkins

Richmond Juvenile Drug Court



Cynthia Kirschner

Hanover Juvenile Drug Court



Marla Newby

Norfolk Adult Drug Court


Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Adult Treatment Drug Courts and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts (Short Title: SAMHSA Treatment Drug Courts)

Eligible applicants are tribal, state, and local governments, with direct involvement with the drug court/tribal healing to wellness court, such as the Tribal Court Administrator, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the Single State Agency for Alcohol and Drug Abuse, the designated State Drug Court Coordinator, or local governmental unit such as county or city agency, federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes and tribal organizations, and individual adult treatment drug courts. For the purposes of this FOA, eligible adult drug court models include Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts, Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)/Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Courts, Co-Occurring Drug and Mental Health Treatment Courts, Veterans Treatment Courts, and Municipal Drug Courts that adhere to the drug court 10 key components. This grant is not intended for Juvenile or Family Dependency Treatment Drug Courts. Any applications received for Juvenile or Family Dependency Treatment Drug Courts will be screened out and will not be reviewed. It is allowable for an eligible entity to apply on behalf of one or more drug courts, either through a single application or several applications. When the state/local/tribal government (city/county) or eligible entity applies on behalf of a drug court(s), the applicant will be the award recipient and the entity responsible for satisfying the grant requirements. When multiple jurisdictions apply within one application, letters of commitment from each drug court judge must be included stating they intend to meet the grant and reporting requirements. If such letters of commitment are not included in Attachment 1, the application will be screened out and will not be reviewed. More information can be found at:



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Chesterfield County Adult and Juvenile Courts

Chesterfield created a video to provide an overview of their Adult and Juvenile Courts



 3-Part Series from The Roanoke Times:

The Damage Done: How Heroin Claimed One Young Life and Devastated Another


Part 1: Getting Addicted  

 Part 2: Hitting Home  

 Part 3: Coming Clean




First Recipient of

The Patty L. Gilbertson Excellence in Service Award


John F. Haywood, Newport News Adult Drug Court Coordinator

Fred Gilbertson & John F. Haywood


John F. Haywood has been selected as the first recipient of the inaugural Patty L. Gilbertson Excellence in Service Award.  The Patty L. Gilbertson Excellence in Service Award is given each year to a Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board employee who exemplifies the essence of service to others and commitment to the mission of the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board.  This award is dedicated to the memory of Patty L. Gilbertson, a longtime employee and advocate for behavioral healthcare in the Commonwealth.

John was nominated by his peers and a committee, representing the employees of the Board, the Board of Directors and the Consumer and Family Member Advisory Council, made the final selection of him as the recipient of this prestigious award.  His selection for this honor speaks highly of the value of his service and the dedication he has given the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board and the individuals we serve.

From his nomination:  "...he takes the time to develop and nurture relationships with his coworkers, something he shared with his mentor, the late Patty Gilbertson. John is also well known in the Hampton Roads community and throughout the state for his commitment and dedication to helping those with substance use disorders. Always representing the H-NNCSB in a positive manner and bringing recognition to the services that the agency provides. There is hardly a place, association or agency that I can think of that when I mention my employment at the H-NNCSB I am asked if I know John Haywood, followed by he is a great guy. When I first met Mr. Haywood in 1997 he was always very curious about my work and how we could work together on different projects. I often wondered if this man ever stops thinking about the next project or event that we could work on. One of John's greatest strength his collaborative skills and ability to draw people in. He networks well and has been involved on several community boards and associations throughout the years. He has made his life's purpose to help those with substance abuse and mental health issues, again much like Patty Gilbertson. John is a selfless man who is dedicated and loyal to the Newport News Drug Treatment court, the H-NNCSB, but most importantly to the individuals he serves. He is an advocate and has helped numerous others improve their quality of life. He is willing, to sit behind the desk and do the counseling but is also willing to hit the pavement and take individuals to meetings, Dr. appointments, to the VA or whatever is needed. John Haywood is a very humble person and no task is too big or too small as long as you have time for a good story. He is a professional with strong ethical standards, who serves as a role model and leader for the recovery community as well as fellow CSB co-workers. He has been around a long time and does not hesitate to share is wisdom and experience."

Please join me in congratulating John on this well deserved award.

-Chuck Hall