Special Courts and Probation
Special Courts | Probation
Kansas City Problem-Solving Courts:
The Municipal Court operates three problem-solving courts — Drug Court, Mental Health Court and Veteran’s Treatment Court — that focus on the treatment and rehabilitation of qualified participants rather than on punishment. These programs are voluntary, therapeutic in approach, non-adversarial and community-based. The services provided include substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, job training and housing assistance.
Participants must be willing to comply with monitoring and treatment recommendations. They attend court frequently where the judges of the respective Problem-Solving Courts review their progress. The participants receive rewards for success, and are held accountable for not fulfilling their obligations to the court, themselves, their families and society.
Participants with substance abuse disorders receive a minimum of 12 months intense treatment, including 21 to 30 days of inpatient treatment and other services to achieve and maintain recovery.
Mental Health Court:
Participants with a qualified mental health diagnoses receive six to 12 months of mental health treatment. They must be realistically treatable within the mental health system and currently engaged in or willing to become engaged in outpatient mental health services.
Veterans’ Treatment Court:
This program is a hybrid of the Drug Court and Mental Health Court and serves veterans with identified treatment needs. The program is a minimum of 12 months and works with the Veterans Administration to provide services. Many veterans connect with the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center for the first time through the Veteran’s Treatment Court.
Friends of the Kansas City Problem-Solving Courts:
Friends of the Kansas City Problem-Solving Courts are a board of community leaders that support to the Municipal Court in the operation of its Drug Court, Mental Health Court and Veterans’ Treatment Court programs.
In 2013, Friends of the Kansas City Problem-Solving Courts began sponsoring a community garden through the Kansas City Community Gardens. Problem-Solving Courts participants and team members work together, planting and harvesting vegetables, from spring to fall. The garden has proven to be a great way to offer pro-social activities for the participants.