Adult Recovery Court Program

Serving the adults of Somerset County

Cherie Meienschein, Program Coordinator
Whitney Elliott, Case Manager

Phone: 410-621-7580
Fax: 410-621-7595

The purpose of the Adult Recovery Court Program (ARC) is to serve as a treatment-focused wraparound program that offers intensive rehabilitation services to criminal defendants whose crimes are driven by their addiction. This program is a team effort that involves the Circuit Court, District Court, State’s Attorney’s office, Office of the Public Defender, Somerset County Health Department, Somerset County Detention Center, Division of Parole and Probation, and local law enforcement. By working together, we seek to provide a variety of programs and consistent supervision geared toward supporting and helping the individual obtain and maintain a substance-free lifestyle.


Program Mission

The mission of the Somerset County Adult Recovery Court is to reduce drug dependency through a structured treatment program of four phases, frequent monitoring and court reviews. Intervention by the program will hold the participants accountable while reducing substance abuse and overdoses, therefore, strengthening the safety of families and communities.


Program History

The Adult Recovery Court Program of the Circuit Court for Somerset County was established in July 2018 and began operation in January 2019. The Circuit Court Adult Recovery Court is a post plea, pre-sentence model designed to help those who are seeking to overcome substance abuse and related criminal offenses.


Program Process

Recovery Court is a four-phase, 15 to 18-month program for adults who have violated their Circuit Court supervision due to problems with drugs or alcohol, been referred from District Court or have an original case for sentencing in the Circuit Court.

For additional information or details regarding the process for consideration, contact the Recovery Court Coordinator. To initiate a referral, complete and submit the Adult Recovery Court Referral Form.