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starCowlitz County Superior Court operates three Therapeutic (Drug) Courts: Adult Drug Court, H.O.P.E. Family Treatment Court and S.A.F.E. Juvenile Drug Court.

The Judges currently assigned to the Drug Court programs are as follows:

Judge Gary Bashor - Adult Drug Court Program

Judge Marilyn Haan - H/O.P.E.& S.A.F.E. Court Programs

The staff directory for these programs is listed below:

Drug Court Program Staff Directory

Adam Pithan

Drug Court Program Manager

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360-414-5508

Cody Lewis

Adult Program Case Manager

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360-414-5508

Ryleigh McGee

SAFE & HOPE Case Aid

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360-577-3100

Crystal Cramer

Community Worker

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360-414-5508

Shelly Culbertson

Community Worker

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360-414-5508

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note that each of the Drug court teams include numerous team members from Treatment Agencies, Prosecutor's office, Public Defenders Office, State Attorney General Office and Others. Only the Superior Court employee team members are listed above.

The main Superior Court Staff Directory can be found HERE

The Juvenile Court Staff Directory can be found HERE

 

Organization Chart

casaThe Cowlitz County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Program is tasked with being the voice of abused and neglected children in the dependency court system. Every dependent child in Cowlitz County is assigned a CASA through their program. They serve as a key component in the ongoing high success rates of the County's family reunification efforts.

A CASA is a trained volunteer who represents the best interests of children as they are taken through the legal process.

These trained volunteers:

    • Investigate the case and inform the court
    • Help identify resources to address a child's special needs
    • Recommend temporary and permanent plans for the child
    • The process focuses on the best interests of the child.

 

Process Designed To Move Quickly

The court orders the appointment of CASA and the we attempt to quickly assign the case to an available volunteer. If a volunteer is not available, Volunteer Supervisors are assigned the case. However, volunteers always have more time to work the case more effectively than staff. Therefore, we are always seeking to add to our volunteer base to help us serve the children in the dependency system (approx. 250).
CASA’s conduct an independent investigation throughout their assignment to the case. They will talk with the child, parents, family members, social worker, school personnel, health care providers, foster parents and others who know about the child's situation. In addition, the CASA reviews relevant documentation and prepares periodic reports to the court as to findings and recommendations for the child’s best interest.

The dependency system is difficult to navigate for all involved, especially the children. Social workers, attorneys, medical and mental health providers, foster parents, and teachers will change for the child throughout the life of the case. However, the CASA assignment continues until the child is placed in safe and stable family and the case is dismissed.

 

The Advocates

CASA volunteers are screened, trained and supervised. They are equipped with a detailed training manual and must complete 30 hours of training before receiving a case. Volunteers also participate in ongoing training, study groups, recognition events, book clubs, and conferences to keep their skills sharp and comply with the 12 hour per year continuing training requirement.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with their program, contact them directly at: 

1024 Broadway
Longview, WA 98632
Phone: (360) 414-5212
Fax: (360) 425-6369

Website: CowlitzCountyCasa.org

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