... a common-sense approach to improve the justice system by using a combination of judicial monitoring and effective treatment to compel alcohol, mental health, hardcore DUI, or combat veterans offenders to change their lives.
- DUI (Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol) Court
- Drug Court
- Mental Health Court
- Veterans Court
While all of these courts have distinct differences due to the clients that they serve, all of the courts are equipped to address the offenders' drug and/or alcohol programs, including heroin and opiate addictions.
If a defendant commited a non-violent offense and he/she was addicted to heroin or opiates, the most appropriate Court is likely Drug Treatment Court.
- Berks County resident
- no crimes of violence, Possession With Intent to Deliver, felony 1 or sexual offenses
- bi-weekly court appearances
- criminal activity must be influenced by drug, alcohol, or mental health problem
- intensive Adult Probation Office supervision
- 3rd time DUI offenders
- hardcore drunk drivers
- TASC & Treatment
- 90 days Berks County Jail
- 9 months SCRAM (electronic monitoring)
- (3) 6 month phases
- mandatory urinalysis testing & treatment
- BCC or PA counseling
- TASC Case Management
- recovery group
- (4) 90 day phases
- each applicant must admit to a drug or alcohol problem & want help
Drug Treatment Court is an intensive, 18 month program designed for non-violent offenders who are involved in the criminal justice system as a result of their active drug addiction.
It provides the highest level of supervision that the Adult Probation Office can provide.
Drug Court includes defendants who have open cases in the criminal court system, and also includes defendants who are currently on probation and/or parole and who would otherwise have violated the probation or parole.
Drug Court has 4 phases. In phases I & II, defendanta are required to appear before the Treatment Court judge twice per month. In phases III & IV, defendants are required to appear in court once per month.
In addition to appearing in court, participants are required to submit to random and regular urine tests. Additionally, they must meet with assigned adult probation officers regularly, must attend drug treatment -- both individual and group treatment, and if they are not employed, must work with an employment specialist who assists participants in finding employment. Additionally, they are monitored by Berks County Prison Society.
There are regular meetings among the professionals in Treatment Court. The meetings include the Treatment Court judge, representatives from the District Attorney's Office and Public Defender's Office, Adult Probation Office, Berks County Prison Society, and treatment provided from TASC, PA Counseling, and SAM.
The defendants must sign waivers with their treatment providers, so the Team knows whether the participants are attending all scheduled treatment sessions.
If the participants do not follow all requirements of the program, they are subject to sanctions by the Treatment Court judge, including jail sanctions and possible removal from the program.
Benefits for defendants who participate in Treatment Court:
- for people with new charges, if the participant completes the program, he/she will avoid jail time and receive a probationary sentence.
- for participants who are on supervision and are not compliant, they avoid Gagnon II hearing and further incarceration.
- for certain participants with new charges, the District Attorney will agree to dismiss the charges pursuant to 35 Pa.C.S. Section 780-117 and 118.
- must have a verifiable mental health diagnosis
- SAM case management
- medication management
- dual-diagnosis treatment
- (4) 90 day phases
- acceptable diagnoses include Major Depression, Schizophrenia, or Bi-Polar Disorder
Treatment Court Powerpoint.pptx