Specialty Courts, also known as Problem Solving Courts, seek to help criminal defendants suffering from an underlying mental health, social or substance abuse problem from becoming repeat offenders. Specialty Courts achieve this goal by providing treatment and intensive supervision. Specialty Courts seek to address the primary issues that contributed to the participant’s involvement in the judicial system, with public safety being of paramount importance. Butler County currently employs 3 Specialty Courts which include Drug Treatment Court, Behavioral Health Treatment Court, and Veterans’ Treatment Court.
Specialty Courts coordinate efforts between members of the Court system and organizations outside of the Court in order to guarantee that participants receive sufficient counseling and/or treatment. Team members from the Court system include: prosecutors, public defenders, probation officers, and other justice system affiliates. Team members from organizations outside of the Court system include: substance abuse and mental health treatment professionals, community partners, and VA representatives. A judge assigned to each specific Specialty Court leads these teams.
Specialty Courts have positively affected the lives of participants and people directly and indirectly connected to them. Among these positive affects is the significant reduction of incarceration costs and recidivism rates of Specialty Court participants.