Treatment (Specialty) Court Toolkit:
Treatment (also called Specialty) Courts focus on providing treatment for individuals with high treatment needs along with supervision and treatment to address criminogenic risk factors for individuals who also are assessed as possessing a high risk to commit another crime. High risk in this circumstance does not speak to dangerousness, only to an individual’s risk to recidivate. Treatment Courts require intense communication and collaboration from diverse stakeholders within the criminal justice and treatment realms. Participants assessed as high need/high risk in treatment courts, particularly mental health courts, have been found to do better with the combination for treatment and supervision than within traditional supervision alone. Below are links to resources to plan courts and/or get more information about how treatment courts work.
How do I create a mental health court?
The Council of State Governments has created “Developing a Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum“, a comprehensive, online resource for individuals or interdisciplinary groups interested in starting, improving, or simply learning about mental health courts. Among its extensive features, the curriculum contains a series of flexible modules with comprehensive presentations, activities, and additional resources, and a companion resource dedicated to facilitators.”
Oregon Specialty Court Standards
The Criminal Justice Commission partnered with the Oregon Judicial Department, NPC Research, & the Oregon Association of Drug Court Professionals (OADCP) to develop Oregon specific standards for adult drug, mental health, family, veterans, juvenile, & DUII courts. These standards are Oregon specific, as well as based on the National standards.
Treatment Court Training
The Center for Court Innovation has a wonderful and free video-based training website that covers adult drug, juvenile, veterans, and healing to wellness courts. The lessons cover a wide range of topics (e.g., the roles of the team members, trauma informed care, incentives and sanctions, maximizing participant interactions, etc) that are helpful for all types of treatment courts, not just those specifically covered. The site also has virtual training sites you can visit & a resource library.
A national organization with many great training resources
An excellent place to find out the trends in Oregon and to network with local professionals