The Drug Court Office is located at:
Cowlitz County has been a leader in the formation of and operation of drug (therapeutic) courts in adult criminal cases, dependency proceedings and in juvenile matters.
The county's drug courts have been responsible for returning countless members of our community back to the community as productive, clean and sober individuals.
Adult Drug Court
The Superior Court Adult Drug Court Program is available to Adult Felony Defendants and allows them to enter into treatment as an alternative to incarceration. More details of the program and its requirements can be viewed in the Drug Court Brochure. A recent evaluation of our program performed by a Portland State professor rated our Adult Drug Court Program as one of the "Best in the Country" based upon our graduation rates and low recidivision (re-offense) rates.
Family Treatment Court
The Hope Court Program was created to assist substance-affected parents in dependency proceedings to receive treatment in a supportive program with the end goal of returning their children to their custody. The Hope Court is a partnership between the Juvenile Court, The Washington State Attorney General's Office, the Department of Social and Health Services and the Office of Public Defense. It presents a faster track for children to return to their homes in a safe and sober environment. You can learn more about the program by downloading a H.O.P.E. Court Brochure
Juvenile Drug Court
The SAFE Court Program was instituted to provide an intensive, court-supervised, drug treatment option for juvenile offenders similar to the adult drug court. It operates under the same principals, modified to meet the unique needs of juveniles with substance abuse issues.
The Superior Court will continue to move forward, to adapt new and promising therapies which will continue to enhance the successes of our therapeutic courts and clients. You can learn more about the program by downloading a S.A.F.E. Court Brochure.
Mental Health Court
Superior Court is in the process of developing an Adult Felony based Mental Health Court. Anticipated kickoff is late spring of 2018. Subscribe to our newsfeed for more announcements on this exciting new program!
The District Court recently instituted a Mental Health Court program for defendants whose behaviors can be directly linked to mental health issues. You can contact District Court for more information on that program.