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Drug Treatment Court

​The BCDTC program is structured around five phases. The minimum program length is 12 months, with an average length of 19 months. 

  • Phase 1: Acute Stabilization (60 days minimum, 14 consecutive days of sobriety)
  • Phase 2: Clinical Stabilization (90 days minimum, 30 consecutive days of sobriety)
  • Phase 3: Pro-Social Habilitation (90 days minimum, 45 consecutive days of sobriety)
  • Phase 4: Adaptive Habilitation (60 days minimum, 60 consecutive days of sobriety)
  • Phase 5: Continuing Care (60 days minimum, 90 consecutive days of sobriety)

​The Staffing Team consists of representatives from various disciplines who are committed to the Benton County DTC mission and collaborate to ensure success of the program and its participants. The Staffing Team includes:  

  • Benton County Circuit Court Judge
  • Prosecutor
  • Defense Attorney
  • Treatment Court Coordinator
  • Case Manager
  • Treatment Provider
  • Local law enforcement
  • Probation Officer

​BCDTC targets high risk, high need offenders who have a history of alcohol and drug use and involvement in the criminal justice system. Members of the target population must be over 18 years old, qualify for intensive outpatient treatment according to the ASAM assessment, and score “E” or lower on the felony sentencing guidelines. Demographic factors do not influence selection. Members may be disqualified from participation if their convictions are for possession of a substantial quantity of drugs, delivery or manufacturing of drugs, other commercial drug offenses, or certain violent offenses.

​BCDTC began in November 2001, and is a collaborative effort involving the Court and other public and private agencies and organizations. BCDTC involves frequent court appearances, intensive outpatient treatment, and random drug testing. This treatment has proven to be much more effective than jail or probation to break the cycle of addiction and reducing criminal activity.  In addition, as a core function of the criminal justice process BCDTC has proven to save costs over more traditional methods such as jail.

To fulfill this mission, BCDTC strives to reach the following goals and objectives: 

  1. Increase adult education.
  2. Increase adult employment.
  3. Increase adult housing stability.
  4. Increase adult wage rate.
  5. Reduce adult criminal recidivism.
  6. Reduce adult substance abuse.

​The BCDTC Staffing Team works collaboratively to assess referred candidates. The Staffing Team recommends candidates to the DA’s office for initial screening. Once approved for participation, treatment providers administer an American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) assessment to determine the appropriate level of care. If candidates are already on supervised probation, the probation officer (P.O.) will review their existing Level of Service/Care Management Inventory (LS/CMI) assessment, which assesses the risk, need, and responsivity factors of offenders.

​The Benton County Drug Treatment Court (BCDTC) will treat addiction to improve lives, reduce crime, and promote a healthy, safe community.

Altrusa/Soroptimist Career Closet - Provides high-quality, previously owned, professional clothing to women entering the workforce.
Assistance League of Corvallis – Operation School Bell - Provides new clothing for eligible Benton County children K-12 whose school attendance and performance are threatened by a lack of suitable clothing.
Benton County Behavioral Health - Offers a full array of adult and family behavioral health programs delivered by trained professionals. Services focus on recovery, independence, and skill building for people with mental health and substance use issues.
Benton County Developmental Diversity Program - Provides services and support for Benton County children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Corvallis - Provides programs and services to youth grades K-12.
CARDV - Provides services and support to those affected by sexual and domestic violence.
Community Outreach, Inc. - Provide safe emergency and transitional shelter, food and kitchen facilities, case management, counseling services, parenting classes, state certified child care at Mari’s Place, medical and dental clinics, and other assistance designed to help families in crisis.
Community Services Consortium - Offers services focusing on day-to-day survival, such as food and housing, as well as developing new skills that lead to independence through education, training, and work.
Furniture Share - Provides quality used furniture to individuals and families in need.
Jackson Street Youth Services - Provides shelter services and addresses the issues of health, education, juvenile justice, life skills, and job-readiness.
Linn-Benton Housing Authority - Provides decent, safe, and sanitary housing to low-income residents.
Oregon Department of Human Services - Provides services to Oregon residents.
Oregon Office of Addiction and Mental Health - Provides addiction and mental health services to Oregon residents.

​Prospective graduates must complete all Phase 5 requirements, have a minimum of 90 consecutive days clean and sober, and a minimum of 12 months in the program. Prospective graduates must also have a full-time paying job (30 hours or more per week) for three weeks prior to commencement. Restitution, court fines, and fees must be paid in full or a payment plan must be established. Participants must also live in stable housing, demonstrate a responsible attitude, attend a minimum of two aftercare meetings, and complete an exit survey. Finally, prospective graduates must complete a graduation application and be recommended for graduation by the Staffing Team.


DTC Contact Information


Hon. Matthew J. Donohue

Treatment Court Coordinator

Kate Creswell
Office Phone: (541) 243-7817
Mobile Phone: (541) 231-6598

Physical Address

Benton County Courthouse
120 NW 4th St.
Corvallis, OR 97330

Mailing Address

PO Box 1870
Corvallis, OR 97339 

Status Hearings

Open to the Public
Wednesdays at 3:30 PM
Courtroom #2

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