Pierce County Therapeutic Courts:
Pierce County Superior Court and community treatment agencies currently run 4 Therapeutic Courts to provide treatment to individuals with substance use disorders and mental health issues.
Judge Elizabeth Martin currently presides over the Felony Drug Court and Family Recovery Court. Judge Frank Cuthbertson currently presides over the Felony Mental Health Court and Assisted Outpatient Treatment Court program.
- Felony Drug Court
- Family Recovery Court
- Felony Mental Health Court
- Assisted Outpatient
- Contact Information
Felony Drug Court
Pierce County Felony Drug Court was implemented in 1994 and was recently awarded a new grant for 2 million dollars to extend services to eligible defendants in our community.
Pierce County Felony Drug Court is the second largest drug court in Washington State. Treatment services are provided by Pierce County Alliance who specialize in substance abuse and mental health services including specialty treatment for veterans, persons with gambling problems and medication assisted treatment (MAT). MAT reduces the impact of withdrawal and address the nation’s opioid crisis. Treatment incorporates current evidence-based practices to include trauma informed care, moral reconation therapy (MRT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). Drug Court participants are defendants who are currently charged with a non-violent felony charge and do not have any history of violent or sexual charges. The program is a minimum 12-month program. Pierce County Felony Drug Court currently has over 180 participants and has graduated over 1800 since inception.
Family Recovery Court
In 1999 Pierce County Superior Court partnered with Pierce County Alliance to begin the Family Recovery Court. The court was developed to specifically focus on families who have a current dependency case and children are under the purview of the state due to their parent’s drug and alcohol dependency. The program is a 12-month program. The goal of this program is to reunify children with their parents by providing substance use treatment, drug testing, job training, parenting education, peer support, visitation specialists and medication assisted treatment (MAT). The program currently has over 50 participants and has had over 400 graduates. Pierce County Alliance and Superior Court have just launched a new program to provide substance use treatment and counselling services in non-parental custody cases to parents who are not able to care for their children have had a relative or friend file for custody of their children.
Felony Mental Health Court
Pierce County Felony Mental Health Court began in 2015 and was funded by Optum. The program initially planned to serve 40 participants. In 2017 the program was approved to increase and serve 80 participants. The program is designed to treat felony defendants with a chronic mental illness causing their criminal behavior. Pierce County Superior Court partners with Greater Lakes Mental Health Agency to provide a Forensic Assertive Community Team (FACT). The FACT team provides 24/7 mental health services, medication management, 1:1 weekly therapy, substance abuse treatment, regular UA’s, peer support and housing assistance. The program is a minimum of 18 months to graduate. Every referred case is reviewed on an individual basis by the treatment team and the prosecuting attorney for amenability. Successful graduates may have their charges dismissed or will receive and exceptional sentence allowing the individual to remain in the community. The court currently has 62 participants, 37 graduates and 5 recidivists since its inception.
Assisted Outpatient Behavioral Health Treatment Program
Pierce County Superior Court partnered with Comprehensive Life Resources to begin the Assisted Outpatient Behavioral Health Treatment (AOBHT) pilot program in July of 2018. The program was initially funded by Optum. The AOBHT program delivers community based mental health services under a court supervision to individuals with severe mental illness who have demonstrated difficulty adhering to prescribed treatment on a voluntary basis. Participants in the program receive services through an Assertive Community Team. The Treatment team provides wrap around community services to include; 1:1 therapy, medication management and monitoring, peer support specialists, housing assistance and case management. The program has had 6 graduates since inception.
Pierce County Superior Court
Therapeutic Court Supervisor
Pierce County Alliance
Treatment Provider for Drug Court
Department of Assigned Counsel
949 Market St Suite 334
930 Tacoma Ave S Room 946