Philadelphia Treatment Court

Public Health Management Corporation, with funding from OAS, provides evaluation and case management services to offenders brought before Philadelphia Treatment Court (PTC). PTC offers first time drug felony offenders an opportunity to be evaluated for substance abuse treatment and, if treatment is needed, to plead nolo contendere to their crime, enter a treatment program under close judicial supervision, which requires frequent court appearances, to avoid incarceration. With a plea of no contest or nolo contendere, the defendant accepts the punishment for the crime without admitting or denying his guilt. In other words, you don’t contest or challenge the charges, and you don’t admit to committing the crime or even deny it, but you let the court sentence you for committing the crime.

Program 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.


Can Philadelphia Treatment Court help me find a job?

No. Case Managers will assess participant’s work-readiness. The participant and case manager will plan goals toward employment, such as education or vocational training. If a participant is work ready, the case manager will refer the participant to job training, or an agency that assists with job placement.

Does Treatment Court work with treatment providers that offer weekend group sessions in order to accommodate work schedules?

Yes, the Northeast Treatment Center (NET) offers weekend groups for makeup sessions. If you are working, you will need to provide a verification letter to NET.