Specialized Dockets

JRC – Juvenile Recovery Court 

The Juvenile Recovery Court is a specialized court that addresses the needs of substance abusing juveniles who are involved with the justice system. This Court provides immediate intervention in the lives of the children and their parents.

Juvenile Recovery Court is a diversion model for youth and their families who have been adjudicated delinquent and meets substance dependency criteria. Upon successful completion of the program, the presenting charge(s) are dismissed and the case is sealed.

Referrals for the Juvenile Recovery Court come from the Court and the probation department. The JRC treatment team, which includes the Judge, counselors, and probation staff, meets weekly to work with the youth and their family to address issues of substance abuse and connects the family with appropriate community resources to eliminate barriers for treatment and success.

HOPE Court – Helping Our Parents Excel

The Family Dependency Treatment Court is an alternative judicial track with the Juvenile Court System.  This specialized court will deal with parents whose children have been removed from their care or are at risk of removal due to the parent’s substance abuse or mental health issues.

Parents participating in HOPE Court will work closely with the judge, treatment providers and child welfare in a non-adversarial setting.  Plans will be devised to give parents a chance to achieve sobriety and mental health, provide a safe and nurturing home, become responsible for themselves and their children, and hold their families together.

Family Dependency Treatment Court models have shown that courts need to manage substance-abuse and mental illness treatments effectively in order to promote rehabilitation/recovery for parents.  Therefore, judicial oversight is imperative for the programs success.  It is the intention of the court to foster growth and consistent interaction with the parent in order to promote long term stability within that parent.