Wellness Court Programs are specialty or problem-solving courts, where a team of professionals helps treat the issues contributing to the individual coming into conflict with the law. These issue may include mental illness, substance abuse, or gambling. Another area in which specialty courts have been established is domestic violence.
Collaboration and creative problem-solving are central to these programs. Unlike the traditional adversarial approach of the regular criminal courts, wellness court programs develop and administer a support plan that is unique to the needs of each individual participant. The court team monitors the individual’s progress while still holding them accountable for their crime and continually assessing their potential risk to public safety.
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