The Placer County District Attorney’s Office participates in several collaborative courts in conjunction with the Placer County Superior Court, Placer County probation and defense attorneys which seek to provide services in hopes of reducing future criminality.
Collaborative justice courts-also known as problem-solving courts- combine judicial supervision with rehabilitation services that are rigorously monitored and focused on recovery to reduce recidivism and improve offender outcomes.
The Placer County Mental Health Court is a for defendants who have been diagnosed with a mental illness to complete treatment in lieu of serving jail time. After resolving their criminal charges, these defendants are supervised by the Placer County Probation Department and must attend Court routinely to provide updates to the Court about their progress with their individualized treatment plan. These treatment plans include mental health treatment, and may also include taking prescribed medications, substance abuse treatment and counseling, as needed.
The Placer County Veteran’s Court is for defendants who are veterans of the armed forces who suffer from qualifying disorders due to their military service and allows them to receive alternative sentencing, mental health treatment, and other rehabilitative services in lieu of serving an in-custody sentence. Within this program, the defendant is supervised by the Placer County Probation Department and attends Court routinely to provide updates regarding their progress with their individualized treatment plan. These treatment plans may include mental health and/or substance abuse treatment, counseling, obtaining employment and/or housing.
The Placer County Drug Court is for defendants who have a history of drug use or addiction and commit non-violent crimes to support that habit to participate in Drug Court in lieu of serving an in-custody sentence. After resolving their criminal case, these defendants are supervised by the Placer County Probation Department and are required to attend Court regularly to provide updates on their progress with their substance abuse treatment. In addition to substance abuse treatment, these defendants are also subject to search and drug testing.