District Court Therapeutic Specialty Courts
Clark County District Court offers four Therapeutic Specialty Court programs, Substance Abuse Court, Veterans Court, DUI Court, and Mental Health Court. Therapeutic Specialty Court programs offer treatment and other recovery support services in Clark County to help participants treat underlying substance abuse, mental health and/or co-occurring disorders while under the supervision of the court. The mission for each program is simple: help participants to get re-established in the community; improve skills and self-sufficiency; reduce cycle of addiction and crime; and help restore and reunite families.
These programs are based on 10 key components of effective drug courts outlined by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, Therapeutic Jurisprudence and evidence-based best practices in substance abuse treatment.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR DISTRICT/SUPERIOR COURT THERAPEUTIC COURT CLIENTS - Veterans Therapeutic Court, DUI Court, Substance Abuse Court, and Mental Health Court*
Due to circumstances around COVID-19, Clark County District Court has substantially curtailed court operations. All District Court Therapeutic Specialty Court dockets are currently held virtually via Zoom. Please contact the Therapeutic Specialty Court (TSC) Office at (564) 397-2431 or firstname.lastname@example.org to update your address, telephone number, and email address.
We recognize the importance of keeping in touch and supporting all of our participants. Although we cancelled in-person court appearances, your TSC team will continue to reach out to you telephonically, Via Zoom, or by email on a regular basis. The probation office is currently closed to the public, which means you will not report to probation in person during this time. Continue to connect with your probation officers:
- Veterans Therapeutic Court, DUI Court, and Substance Abuse Court: PO Doug Wall at (564) 397-4124 or email email@example.com
- Mental Health Court: PO Erin Welch at (564) 397-4166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You can also contact TSC coordinator Beth Robinson at (564) 397-2431 or email email@example.com
Treatment agencies are still open. All are taking steps to comply with social distancing recommendations. This may include telephonic appointments and video conferencing. Out of concern for the health of our participants, District Court judges have further suspended colorline urinalysis testing until further notice. Please continue to follow through with any treatment requirements. Please follow your treatment agency’s guidelines regarding attendance at groups, individual appointments, medication management, etc. especially if you are exhibiting any health issues. Contact your case manager with any treatment concerns or for additional direction. The team understands difficulties may arise in reporting at this time. Please keep us posted so we can work with you.
We encourage participants to meet their requirements remotely when possible. See below for online support group information, plus other recovery support ideas you can access from home. If you learn of a program that would benefit your fellow participants, please share with your TSC team.
We anticipate there will be concerns regarding phasing up and commencement. The team is working through these issues. You can help by following through with all your mandatory treatment, urinalysis testing, and other phase requirements.
All four therapeutic specialty courts have resumed accepting referrals and we have the ability to opt in new clients via Zoom. Please contact the TSC Office with any questions regarding the process.
These are difficult and challenging times, but you have demonstrated strength and resilience in this court. We have confidence in you, and we are here to support you. Please reach out to any team member for help, support, or just to talk. Take care, and keep doing the next right thing.
*For information on Drug Court, DOSA, Family Treatment Court, or Juvenile Recovery Court, see https://www.clark.wa.gov/superior-court/therapeutic-specialty-courts.
REFERRALS AND SCREENINGS DURING OFFICE CLOSURE
The Clark County District Court Therapeutic Specialty Courts (TSC) team is unable to process referrals while the office is closed. We cannot meet with clients to perform screenings and have releases of information signed. We will not be able to opt new participants into the courts until the out-of-custody dockets resume. We are committed to processing all referrals as soon as possible once regular court operations resume. We are still accepting referrals and will screen in the order in which they were received. Please contact TSC coordinator Beth Robinson at (564) 397-2431 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions.
COPING STRATEGIES AND ONLINE SUPPORTS FOR THERAPEUTIC SPECIALTY COURT CLIENTS
1) Stay informed
As the landscape is changing at a rapid pace, please stay up-to-date with latest facts about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
- Local website: https://www.clark.wa.gov/public-health/novel-coronavirus
- Call center: 1-800-525-0217 from 6am – 10pm daily
- District Court notifications: https://www.clark.wa.gov/district-court or call for any closures (564) 397-2424
2) Stay connected
Please make sure your Therapeutic Court team has the most updated phone number to reach you, that your voicemail is set-up and cleared for us to leave you a message and/or that you have an email address. If you do not have access to a phone, please let us know that and best way to get a message to you (family/friend/etc.). You may want to sign more releases of information with your treatment provider to be able to leave important messages. Questions? Contact TSC coordinator Beth Robinson at (564) 397-2431 or email email@example.com
3) Stay healthy
- If you are sick, stay home and follow the advice of your health care provider
- Wash your hands with soap for 20+ seconds or more
- Do not touch your face
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing, throw away tissue and wash your hands or sanitize.
- Communicate with your treatment court team of your circumstances by calling in, sending texts/emails
- Social distancing is an effort to stop the community spread of the contagious virus and whenever possible, stay home whenever possible, avoid any gatherings with 50+ more people and try to stay 3-6 feet away from others. Constantly wash hands/sanitize.
- Eat right: https://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/NutritionandPhysicalActivity/He…
4) Stay calm and get creative with supports
Keep reaching our to REACH Too for peer mentor support: (360) 773-8054 or https://www.cvabonline.org/the-reach-center-1
Mental Health supports:
Southwest Washington Crisis Line: (800) 626-8137; for emergency situations requiring immediate on scene response, dial 9-1-1
Consumer Voices Are Born (CVAB) Warm Line: (360) 903-2853, operating 4pm-12am daily.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): https://www.nami.org or call 800-950-NAMI (6264), Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., ET
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: (800) 273-8255 or https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Veterans Crisis Line: (800) 273-8255 and press 1 or https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/
Lines for Life: (800) 273-8255 or https://www.linesforlife.org/ for mental health and addiction support
211 Info: 211 or (866) 698-6155 or https://www.211info.org/ to connect with health and social service organizations
TED Talks: (watch a video and write a brief summary about what was learned, anything disagreed with and a list of ways to incorporate any info into their lives)
YouTube video: search topics such as: “addiction recovery” “sobriety” “grief/loss” “trauma support” and write a reflective paper
Online Support Groups:
Download free APPS on smart phones:
- 12 Step Guide – AA
- AA Big Book free
- Meeting Guide
- 12 Step Toolkit
- NA Speakers
- Sober Grid
- We do Recovery
- Celebrate Recovery
- AA 12 Step App – steps toolbox
- Sobriety Quotes
- Pocket Rehab
- Recovery Today
- Sober Tool
- Mindfulness Coach
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- PTSD Coach
- PTSD free
- Grief Support Network
- Coping with Grief
- We are more
- DBT Coach
- DBT selfhelp
- Change your thinking, change your life
- The Power of Positive thinking
Create your own support meetings:
APP: Zoom cloud meetings – create your own support meeting
Free Conference call
Google hangout chat
Research papers on specific topics
Reflective papers on some recovery slogans, poems, etc.
Worksheets / Workbooks
Art projects focused on recovery
Help for Parents:
Sesame Street in Communities – create a free account, watch webinars, do projects with kids https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/
Scholastic Learn at Home - free resources for school closures https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/teaching-tools/articles/resources/s…
Circle Time - Kids classes from home https://circletimefun.com/
Referral and Opt-In Forms for Attorneys
TSC Forms for Participants
More Information on District Court Programs
DUI Court brochure (PDF)
For more information about any of the Therapeutic Specialty Courts, please contact Beth Robinson at (564) 397-2431 or email Beth.Robinson@clark.wa.gov.