Behavioral Health Adult Felony Therapeutic Courts

Mission Statement

The mission of the Spokane County Behavioral Health Adult Felony Therapeutic Courts is to offer eligible offenders a highly structured and cost-effective pretrial release program that combines treatment, education, and intensive supervision to reduce drug use, the impact of drug dependency, and/or mental illness on associated criminal activity.


Continuing its tradition of excellence, adherence to Evidence-Based Practices (EBP), and offering alternatives to traditional prosecution, Superior Court has restructured its Adult Felony Treatment Court. Under the umbrella of the Behavioral Health Adult Felony Treatment Courts are the following programs:
Clearly delineating the 3 different programs allows the Treatment Courts team to provide specialized adjudication and evidence-based, individualized treatment services to offenders with mental illness, chemical dependency, and those with co-occurring disorders.

Therapeutic Drug Court

Superior Court's Therapeutic Drug Court is in its 20th year. This program, Superior Court's "pocket of excellence," as it is described in the Blueprint for Reform, continues to respond to the needs of its clients and the community through its use of Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) and health care reimbursements via the Affordable Care Act.

Co-Occurring Disorders Docket

The Co-Occurring Disorders Docket (COD) continues to expand as well. It is somewhat of an offshoot of the TDC, but identifies participants with significantly more severe mental health challenges than the "typical" TDC participant. The COD caseload has higher levels of community referrals and resource acquisition due to their higher levels of need.

Felony Mental Health Court

The Felony Mental Health Court opened its docket in December, 2013, after extensive collaborative efforts involving representatives from Prosecuting Attorney, Public Defender, Department of Corrections and a community-based substance abuse/mental health treatment agency. This program reached full capacity in May and is now serving 14 participants. The program is deliberately small in order to ensure individualized treatment for every participant.

Eligibility Criteria
If you have any questions regarding the possibility of being eligible for any of the Behavioral Health Adult Felony Therapeutic Court programs, you must first and foremost talk to your currently-assigned defense attorney about your interest in the program.  Once you have discussed this with your attorney, that person will need to discuss it with the assigned prosecuting attorney on your case, who ultimately makes the decision whether you can be referred to the program.

If you are outside of Spokane County and are interested in learning about the possibility of transferring jurisdictions, the assigned prosecuting attorney on your current case MUST contact the Spokane County prosecuting attorney who supervises the Felony Therapeutic Court programs, Travis Phelps: 509-477-2869, email.