Updated: 10/25/2013 6:53 PM
Created: 10/25/2013 1:42 PM WHEC.com
A life changing ceremony was held Friday morning. Some people taking part in the Rochester Drug Court and the Monroe County Mental Health Court graduated Friday.
This year was the largest class in the program's 16 year history. The program is designed to help people suffering from addictions and other mental health conditions get back on track. Many of them end up in the court system after committing crimes linked to those issues.
Judge John Schwartz, Rochester Drug Court, said, "It's a great day. Our largest graduating class ever and it's been a great day. We've had a lot of success stories at this court and I'm very proud of them."
It was also a special day for Judge John Schwartz, who founded the Rochester Drug Court. He is expected to retire at the end of the year. On Friday, judges from across the state came to show their support including a drug court alumni who was part of the first class in 1997. She now lives in California and serves as administrative officer for a non-profit organization.