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Specialty 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

Deschutes County Family Drug Court (DCFDC) is a court-supervised treatment program serving parents in Deschutes County who have had their child(ren) removed from their custody or are at risk of having their child(ren) removed because of a substance use disorder. 
Family Drug Court incorporates a collaborative community approach to provide participants with the skills and resources necessary to recover from a substance use disorder, provide for the safe care and wellbeing of their children, and to become a responsible and productive member of the community. The program is 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 541-388-5300 x2625

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.


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