PHILADELPHIA TREATMENT COURT

The Philadelphia Treatment Court, the first of its kind in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, represents the latest initiative in addressing the drug-involvement of the criminal justice population. It is premised on the notion that the courts need to deal with some of the root cases of criminal activity. The Treatment Court is designed as an alternative to and/or supplement to normal case processing to provide treatment to substance abusing defendants. The Treatment Court incorporates the dual aim of reducing a defendant's involvement in crime and their return to the criminal caseload and of increasing the chances that they can function more productively as citizens.

The Treatment Court model represents a new treatment structure which draws on a network of treatment services to respond to the clinically determined needs of participants and features a new and central role for the Treatment Court judge. This court serves as a hub for delivery of treatment and other supportive services to more fully address the range of treatment, health, housing, literacy, educational, and other social service needs presented by drug-involved defendants.

Treatment Court Coordinator 1401 Arch Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 683-3788
Fax (215) 683-3792