The Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas instituted a voluntary Adult Treatment Court in 2006 based on proven national research and program models. The program provides participants an opportunity to pursue treatment for their addiction(s) while productively addressing associated legal problems. There is currently one probation and parole officer assigned to the Adult Treatment Court team.
Once accepted into the program, participants can expect frequent contact with the Adult Treatment Court Judge, probation and parole officer, and treatment providers. They will be required to complete a four-phase program culminating with graduation. The phase program was designed to be completed in 18 months. Following graduation, when appropriate, participants may petition the Court to dismiss and/or reduce their charges or have their record expunged.
Program participants will be expected to complete and participate in numerous pro-social and treatment-oriented activities. These include Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
and/or Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
meetings, group and individual therapy, weekly Court appearances, probation appointments, and urine testing. The aforementioned ideas represent typical participant activities. Other activities should be expected as each participant may require different levels of intervention based on his or her progress in the Treatment Court program.
Adult Treatment Court participants can also expect to receive sanctions if they violate Treatment Court program rules or fail to achieve phase requirements. Possible violations include missed appointments, failed or adulterated urine tests, new arrests and/or charges, or lack of participation in treatment. Sanctions will be imposed relative to the violation, but will be graduated or progressive in nature. The sanctions may include demotion in phase, fines, curfew restrictions, incarceration, and/or termination from the Treatment Court program. The Adult Treatment Court team reserves the right to impose sanctions appropriate to the individual participant and violation.
Participants who maintain positive participation in the Adult Treatment Court program may receive appropriate incentives as well. These incentives will be determined by the team and will be dependent on available resources.
If you are interested in making application to the Adult Treatment Court program, please contact your attorney or the Adult Treatment Court coordinator at 717.240.5341.