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Specialty Courts

Specialty Courts are made up of four different courts: Drug Court, ASAP Court, Veteran's Court, and Mental Health Court.

The CJS team works collaboratively with the Judge, Prosecutor, Legal Defender, and the UPD Detective to assist high-risk (medium-risk in ASAP) to complete the program and receive a dismissal or a reduction of charges.

What to Expect (Drug Court, ASAP Court, Veteran's Court)

Clients are referred to Specialty Courts by legal defenders or private attorneys. All clients who are screened for Specialty Courts are given the LSCMI assessment which identifies their risk level and need areas. In addition the client is screened by ARS using the ASAM to make a clinical determination. The District Attorney's Office then uses the assessment and legal information to determine eligibility. If accepted into one of the Specialty Courts clients complete an intake and are assigned a CJS Case Manager as well as a Treatment Specialist who work with clients to successfully complete the program. Specialty Courts are made up of phases designed using national best practices to help clients successfully complete and graduate from the program.

Throughout participation in one of the Specialty Courts, the client will attend appointments with their assigned case manager as well as their assigned treatment specialist. Clients will also attend court hearings with their assigned judge to follow up on progress. In addition to appointments and other court-ordered requirements, such as treatment, participants may also be required to attend and complete classes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Specialty Courts are made up of four different courts: Drug Court, ASAP Court, and Mental Health Court. These courts are designed to reduce the likelihood of reoffending while increasing your chance of a successful recovery and completion of the program, by providing you treatment and support.

The length of time is determined by individual needs and treatment goals.

If accepted into one of the Specialty Court’s, you will receive a substance use assessment to determine treatment level. You will work with your treatment provider to receive services to become and remain substance free.

  • Do not drink excessive amounts of fluid before providing a sample
  • Do not drink more than 32oz. of fluid before providing a sample
  • Do not consume performance-enhancing or diet supplements

Please contact your attorney. They can review the screening process with you to determine your eligibility.

Yes, all MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment) is allowed while participating in a Specialty Court. If you are not currently using one, but would like to, your assigned clinical case manager can help you get started.

If you are being screen for Veteran's Court you will be given the LSCMI assessment. You will also need to complete the Veterans Treatment Court Enhancement Initiative assessment.