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Island County Drug and Family Treatment Court

Mentoring Program

Our mentoring program recruits, trains and supports community volunteers to become mentors to both adult and juvenile Drug and Family Treatment Court participants. We wish to ensure that all participants have the opportunity to benefit from a relationship with a mentor who provides pro-social modeling and encourages emotional and social growth. The goal is to help our participants become sober, stay in recovery and become healthy, engaged citizens.

In our Mentoring Program for Drug and Family Treatment Courts, the mentor's purpose is to be an ally and support to his/her mentee. Mentors help our clients through life transitions and substance abuse recovery by listening, problem-solving, providing help in setting goals, and generally being someone who is supportive.  Mentors also sometimes help out with practical areas of life, such as making and getting to appointments and helping the mentee find and connect to resources, such as job seeking or educational information. Mentors are asked to spend a few hours per month with their mentees for the period of time in which the mentee is involved with the court (usually 18 months to 3 years).

Mentor Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years of age and reside in Island County, Washington.
  • Have a current driver's license, auto insurance, and good driving record and have access to an automobile or reliable transportation.
  • Pass the Background Check: In short, you won't be eligible if you have ever been accused, arrested, charged, or convicted of child abuse or molestation. Also, if you have been convicted of a felony then you may be considered only after a period of seven years with demonstrated good behavior and an appropriate and corrective attitude regarding past behaviors. Must have no alcohol or drug related arrests or convictions in the last 5 years. (Full details about background check included in application.)
  • Not be a user of illicit drugs, nor use alcohol or controlled substances in an excessive/inappropriate manner.
  • We welcome mentors with histories of addiction and/or mental illness.  Those with a history of addiction need to have been sober and completely abstained from drug/alcohol use for at least 1 year.  With mental illness, we ask that you are not currently in intensive treatment for a mental disorder and that you have not been hospitalized for a mental disorder in the past year. If you have had a history/treatment for addiction or mental illness, disclosure and discussion of your history will be included in your screening interview.

    Desirable Qualities:
  • Encouraging, patient and flexible. Willing and active listener. Able to respect privacy.
  • Tolerant and respectful of individual differences, ability to work with people of many backgrounds and beliefs.
  • Capable of effectively communicating with individuals that are having difficulties avoiding prior bad habits, and creating positive goals for the future.
  • The time and willingness to commit to a mentee for 1-3 years a few hours a month.

Benefits:

  • Personal fulfillment through contribution to an individual and our community.
  • Satisfaction in helping mentee mature, progress, and achieve goals.
  • On-going education/training in substance abuse topics (including related issues such as family dynamics and mental health issues), as well as mentoring and interpersonal communication education.
  • Ongoing and available support and supervision to help the mentor/mentee match succeed.

     
    For more information, call or email:
    Ericka Cooley, Mentoring Program Coordinator
    360-678-7927