The doors of the courthouse open directly into the community it serves. Specialty courts aim to give participants the life skills they need to become healthy, productive members of society by treating their underlying substance abuse and/or mental illness that can cause criminal behavior.
Specialty courts provide alternatives to incarceration while ensuring public safety. They do this by engaging participants in treatment, and by providing intensive probation supervision over an extended period of time. A multi-faceted team of prosecution and defense attorneys, treatment providers, law enforcement, judges, probation officers, nurses, and recovery coaches work together to coordinate treatment and guide participants through the specialty court process.