W.Va. officials offer drug court training

PARKERSBURG – The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia and Westbrook Health Services are offering a training event to introduce and enhance knowledge of the Wood County Adult and Juvenile Drug Court programs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Fort Boreman room, Judge Black Courthouse Annex, 315 Market St.

Chief Justice Brent Benjamin of the Supreme Court of Appeals will speak for the continuing education opportunity. Other presenters will include Bob Buchanan, financial consultant and Wood County Juvenile Drug Court Treatment Team; Katherine Boggs, West Central Regional Drug Court probation officer; Judy Stephens, Wood County Juvenile Drug Court probation officer, and Larry Johnson, chief juvenile probation officer. Also speaking will be Wood County Juvenile Drug Court Judge and Family Court Judge Darren Tallman and Donna Jackson, senior status magistrate/drug court judge.

Amy Church, with the Mid-Ohio Valley Day Report Center; Jasen Nicholas, licensed psychologist; Russ Philpott, therapist at the Youth Report Center, and Derek Snyder, director of children and family services at Westbrook Health Services, will also make presentations.

Wood County Prosecutor Jason Wharton, defense attorneys, law enforcement and corrections officers as well as adult and juvenile drug court graduates will speak.

A box lunch and drinks will be provided.

Cost is $20 with proceeds to be donated to the Incentive Program of both Adult and Juvenile Drug Courts. Pre-registration is available by contacting the Day Report Center, 916 Market St., 304-422-8570.