Specialty Courts – Treatment Courts
As a veteran, a former prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney with over 30 years experience, Bryant King knows the difficulties that substance abuse, challenging military service with multiple deployments and mental health issues can cause in people’s lives. These matters, when they get out of hand, can lead to criminal charges and unnecessary criminal records.
Specialty courts — also known as problem-solving courts — are a relatively new concept in our court system. Their goal is to shift the focus of sentencing away from punishment to treatment and rehabilitation for individuals who are serious about getting their life back on track.
Treatment Courts are not for everyone. Treatment courts have more intense supervised probation and more requirements than normal probation. But the benefit to the participate is substantial because (a) Treatment Court is dedicated to addressing the underlying issue (alcohol abuse or drug abuse or mental health problem) that brought the participate into the legal system and (b) Treatment Court has more resources / programs designed to address these issues and (c) Treatment Court uses a team approach to assist the participate throughout the process. There are 4 such courts in the area: Drug Court, Mental Health Court, Veteran’s Court and DWI court.
These courts focus on the treatment and rehabilitation of qualified participants rather than on punishment. These programs are voluntary, therapeutic in approach, non-adversarial and community-based. The services provided include substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, job training and housing assistance.
Participants must be willing to comply with monitoring and treatment recommendations. They attend court frequently where judges can review their progress. The participants receive rewards for success and are held accountable for not fulfilling their obligations to the court, themselves, their families and society.
Bryant King is an advocate for the benefits of these courts in the right circumstances. But they are not one-size-fits-all. As your lawyer he is first and foremost, a strong and passionate advocate for you and your rights. During consultation, Mr. King will discuss with you the pros and cons of choosing to participate in such a program and help you make the best decision for you and your circumstances.
Drug & DWI Court:
Participants with substance abuse disorders receive a minimum of 12 months intense treatment, sometimes including 21 to 30 days of inpatient treatment and other services to achieve and maintain recovery.
Mental Health Court:
Participants with a qualified mental health diagnose receive six to 12 months of mental health treatment. They must be realistically treatable within the mental health system and currently engaged in or willing to become engaged in outpatient mental health services.
Veterans’ Treatment Court:
This program is a hybrid of the Drug Court and Mental Health Court and serves veterans with identified treatment needs. The program is a minimum of 12 months and works with the Veterans Administration to provide services. Many veterans connect with the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center for the first time through the Veteran’s Treatment Court.
Friends of the Kansas City Problem-Solving Courts:
Friends of the Kansas City Problem-Solving Courts is a board of community leaders that support the municipal court in the operation of its drug court, mental health court, and veteran’s court treatment programs.
Call The King Law Firm today to find out more about whether your case is a good candidate for diversion into one of these specialty courts, or whether you should proceed in the traditional justice system.
Treatment Court FAQs:
Here are several common questions related to Treatment Court Diversion Options or contact the King Law Firm for a consultation today. (816) 216-7020
How do I get in or qualify for treatment court?
Each court has different evaluation criteria. The first step is for your attorney to meet with the prosecutor to review your case and the local court requirements and initiate the application process for you. A review of each court’s application process is part of the process of evaluating your case.
What are the requirements of treatment court?
Each court has different requirement relating to the type of criminal charge. A review of the requirements is part of the process of evaluating your case.
How much does it cost?
The cost will vary with the treatment required but generally there will be administrative fees and drug / alcohol testing fees and treatment fees. A review of the requirements is part of the process of evaluating your case.
If my case is in a county that doesn’t have a treatment court, can I get into a treatment court in another county?
There are many factors involved, but yes there is an opportunity to get the case moved to a treatment court.