Juvenile Treatment Court

Juvenile Treatment Court (JTC) is a diversion project at Family Court designed to engage non-violent substance abusing juvenile offenders in appropriate treatment under the supervision of the presiding JTC judge and the JTC Review Team. The Evaluator assigned to JTC performs behavioral health assessments for these juveniles and refers them to treatment. The work of the Juvenile Treatment Court is aimed at motivating and supporting program participants to complete the program and to graduate.

The Clinical Evaluation Unit (CEU) clinical staff is a part of the JTC team, including a dedicated Judge, Public Defender, District Attorney, School District Representative, Juvenile Probation Department and Family Court Juvenile Services staff.

The target population is non-violent substance-abusing juveniles charged with eligible offenses and having eligible prior delinquent histories. Completion qualifies the participant to have his/her criminal record expunged after remaining arrest-free for one year. Failure to complete the treatment and requirements may result in incarceration.


What is Juvenile Treatment Court?

Juvenile Treatment Court (JTC) is a diversion program for juveniles in need of substance abuse treatment managed by an interdisciplinary team under supervision of JTC Judge Reynolds.

How can I get my son/daughter into Juvenile Treatment Court?

A juvenile must be arrested and referred by the District Attorney’s Office. The juvenile must be between the ages of 14-17 and must have committed no violent offenses, have no more than two prior adjudications and have a substance abuse problem.

How long is the program?

JTC has four phases to the program:

  • Phase I to Phase II: (30 days or longer) depends on progress in treatment, school and behavior
  • Phase II to Phase III: (60 days or longer) depends progress in treatment, school and behavior
  • Phase III to Graduation: (90 days or longer) depends on progress in treatment, school and behavior. If a student completes the JTC program, charges will be dismissed at graduation.
  • Phase IV (12 months): This phase is for a period of one year immediately after graduation. Students will attend monthly alumni group meetings at the designated outpatient provider. An expungement procedure is scheduled provided that the student has remained criminal and drug free.