Specialized Treatment Court Programs
District Attorney Paul Johnson partnered with the Denton County Courts and the Denton County Probation Department to develop Specialized Treatment Court Programs. These programs are designed to enhance public safety and reduce recidivism rates by providing deserving individuals with an alternative path through the criminal justice process.
These programs include the Veterans Treatment Court Program (VTCP), the First Offender Drug Program (FODP), the Denton County Drug Court, and the Mental Health Treatment Court (MHTC)
First Offender Drug Program (FODP)
This treatment program is designed to improve the efficiency of the criminal courts. It diverts low risk first-time drug offenders to a court supervised program. This will increase sobriety among drug offenders and reduce the costs to our community. The criminal case is dismissed and eligible for expunction upon successful completion of the program.
Denton County Drug Court
This program provides intensive supervision and treatment to high-risk felony offenders that abuse drugs but show a genuine desire to break the cycle of addiction. The Drug Court is divided into four phases. Participants must successfully complete each phase to the satisfaction of the Treatment Team before progressing to the next phase. Random drug testing is performed throughout the program. The ultimate goal is to give participants the necessary foundation to maintain their recovery and reintegrate into their families and communities.
Mental Health Treatment Court (MHTC)
The mission of the MHTC is to reduce recidivism in our community by emphasizing treatment, stability, and accountability for mentally ill offenders. The program diverts offenders suffering from a legitimate mental illness out of the traditional criminal justice process and into appropriate rehabilitation alternatives. The Treatment Team incorporates accountable mental health treatment into an intensive community supervision model. Successful completion of the program results in case dismissal and possible expunction of the criminal charge.
DWI Treatment Court Program
The DWI Court is designed for select recidivist DWI offenders who, without serious treatment intervention and accountability, are at a high risk to re-offend. Participants are placed under supervised probation and required to undergo intensive treatment and counseling. They must submit to random alcohol and / or drug testing, make frequent appearances in court, and be closely monitored for program compliance.
An intensive program designed to treat veterans suffering from combat related mental conditions that have contributed to a charged criminal offense. Veterans who honorably served their country and suffered the effects of their service participate in a serious 3 phase rehabilitation program focused on long term recovery. Veterans are given the opportunity to clear their record of the criminal charge upon successful completion of the treatment program.