Judge Kevin P. Braig and the Logan County Court of Common Pleas Adult Recovery Court (ARC) Team joined in celebrating the graduation of Jessica Shoffner and the re-graduation of Jacqueline Loy from the ARC. Friends and family of Shoffner and Loy were present to celebrate their accomplishments.
“Jessica Shoffner is a battler,” Judge Braig said. “She never gives up. We talk a lot about being resilient in ARC and Jessica certainly is resilient. She bounced back from every adversity she encountered. I am proud of her and I know her family and friends and the treatment team is too.”
“I relapsed after my first graduation, but that is not going to happen again,” Jackie Loy told the audience. “I am not going to be back again.”
“Well, I do hope you come visit us,” Judge Braig replied. “Once you are part of the ARC family, you are always welcome to come back voluntarily. We are blessed to have some of the program’s graduates who want to stay involved and help others. You are always welcome here on Monday afternoons and we will always be happy to see you.”
The ARC treatment team works within the framework of the traditional Logan County Common Pleas Court. The ARC’s mission is to achieve specific, rehabilitative objectives. The objectives of the ARC are to monitor the treatment for substance abuse disorder of ARC participants, encourage and incentivize ARC participants to achieve rehabilitation and personal accountability, and decrease criminal activity and the need for incarceration.
The ARC provides its participants with the support of Judge Braig, Treatment Coordinator and Program Manager Annette Deao, Compliance Officers Jim Pleasant and Mandy Wilber, and treatment providers from TCN Behavioral Health Services, Community Health Wellness, the Justice Reinvestment Grant, Logan County Assistant Prosecutor Erin Rosen, local attorneys Natalie Bahan and Greg Harvey, and others. The members of the ARC Team share the goals of (1) empowering ARC participants through treatment, accountability, and responsibility, (2) assisting ARC participants in achieving recovery from substance abuse disorder, and (3) helping ARC participants lead useful and productive lives.