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Therapeutic Courts

The Deschutes County Circuit Court offers several programs which focus on restoring individuals to being full, productive members of our community.  Each of these programs is supported by a strong collaborative effort and commitment by our community partners.

Adult Family Drug Court

The Deschutes County Family Drug Court (DCFDC) is a court-supervised intensive treatment program serving parents in Deschutes County who have had their children removed from their custody or are at risk of having their children removed as a result of substance abuse.
Family Drug Court incorporates a collaborative community approach to holding offenders accountable, treating parents gripped by addiction and keeping children safe.  The program is coordinated and closely monitored by the Court under the direction of the Family Drug Court Judge.   
For more information regarding the Adult Family Drug Court, please contact the Drug Court Coordinator at:

Mental Health Court

Deschutes County’s Mental Health Court (DCMHC) program is a Court supervised intensive treatment program serving mentally ill adults in Deschutes County who have been charged with a crime. Mental Health Court (MHC) is coordinated by Deschutes County Behavioral Health and is closely monitored by the Court under the direction of the Mental Health Court Judge.
For more information regarding the Mental Health Court, please visit the Behavioral Health Department’s webpage for Mental Health Court.

Domestic Violence Deferred Sentencing Program

The Domestic Violence Deferred Sentencing Program is an opportunity for eligible offenders to have their plea vacated and case dismissed in exchange for an upfront guilty plea and the successful completion of a Court monitored treatment program and minimum of 18 months of probation supervision.  The treatment expectations include attending appropriate classes to prevent future violence as well as any other services identified to address conditions that may be linked to the offender’s violent behavior.  The Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office offers the program to eligible offenders.  Offenders who are interested in this program should talk with their attorney regarding potential eligibility and the potential benefits and risks associated with participation.

Family Court Program

The Family Court Program currently serves families that are involved in an active Dependency case.  Family Court provides an opportunity for eligible families to have all their open Court cases assigned to one judge through the life of dependency case.  Some families may also receive the support of the Family Court Coordinator for service coordination.  Participation in the coordination of services is generally voluntary, however, some families may be Court ordered to participate if deemed appropriate and in the best interest of the family.  For more information about the Family Court Program, contact the Family Court Coordinator at:

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