Pierce County District Court Drug Addiction Reduction Team (DART) Court began in November 2016 after careful collaboration with county stakeholders to combat the opioid epidemic. The DART Court emerged to combat the opioid epidemic initially but the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) supports the initiative because research proves utilizing evidence-based practices to change behavior is more cost efficient and has better success rates at reducing recidivism than incarceration.
As of October 2018, DART has a 72.5% success rate for ALL participants going through the program sustaining law abiding behavior.
VTC • Veterans Treatment Court
Pierce County District Court Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) emerged in response to the amount of service members involved in the criminal justice system whom have never previously been involved. Veterans are a specific population whom experience severe trauma and need extra support to sustain recovery.
Each veteran military experience is different. Pierce County is one of the largest zones in the country with veteran residency and in turn offers a plethora of services. The VTC’s goal is to assist veterans in navigating those services to best meet their individualized needs.
Veterans Treatment Court will commence on December 12, 2018.