Problem Solving Court Month

Chief Justice Muñiz has proclaimed May as Problem-Solving Court Month and Opioid and Stimulant Use Disorder Awareness Month, drawing attention to the public health crisis associated with the misuse of opioids and stimulants and recognizing the essential role problem-solving courts play in addressing these issues. Additionally, the Governor and Cabinet have lent their support to these initiatives as well.

The opioid and stimulant epidemics have had a profound impact on courts across the country, presenting significant public health and safety challenges. Individuals struggling with substance use and mental health disorders, alongside challenges of unemployment, homelessness, and strained relationships, frequently find themselves involved in the criminal justice system. Problem-Solving Courts address these challenges through collaborative strategies, providing defendants social, medical, and therapeutic interventions aimed at supporting their rehabilitation while reducing recidivism.

The Nineteenth Judicial Circuit operates twelve Problem-Solving Courts, including Adult Drug Court, Veterans Treatment Court, Mental Health Court, and Early Childhood Court, providing intensive supervision and evidence-based treatment services for substance use and mental health disorders, trauma, and other various issues. These courts are instrumental in reducing recidivism, increasing public safety, and addressing the individual needs of each participant.
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Throughout May, the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit will increase its efforts to raise awareness about opioid and stimulant misuse, offering crucial information on accessing treatment resources across all four counties. Weekly updates on the Circuit's website, www.circuit19.org, and its social media page (https://www.facebook.com/NineteenthJudicialCircuit), will feature informative content, including information on MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment), Narcan, and recovery support services.

Throughout May, the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit will increase its efforts to raise awareness about opioid and stimulant misuse, offering crucial information on accessing treatment resources across all four counties. Weekly updates on the Circuit's website, www.circuit19.org, and its social media page (https://www.facebook.com/NineteenthJudicialCircuit), will feature informative content, including information on MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment), Narcan, and recovery support services.

If you would like more information on Problem-Solving Courts or have questions, please send an email to problemsolvingcourts@circuit19.org