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Problem Solving Courts

Problem solving courts were developed in the 1990’s as an alternative to the traditional court process. Rather than defendants receiving a sentence and leaving the court environment, defendants are ordered to comply with certain conditions and asked to return to court on a regular basis to ensure that they are following court directives. Problem solving courts are designed to give additional support to people who have not had success with a more typical sentencing scheme. The goal is to address the root causes of each individual’s criminal behavior and to reduce repeat offenses (recidivism). 

DUII Intensive Supervision Program (DISP)
Sanctions Treatment Opportunity Progress (STOP)
Success Through Accountability, Restitution, and Treatment (START)
Community Court
Mental Health Court



DUII Intensive Supervision Program (DISP)
The Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) Intensive Supervision Program (DISP) is intended to serve individuals with two or more DUII convictions.


Sanctions Treatment Opportunity Progress (STOP)
The Sanction Treatment Opportunity Progress (STOP) adult drug court of Multnomah County is one of the pioneering drug courts in the United States, second in the nation, and a national and international model. Its purpose is to provide qualifying individuals with the opportunity to address addictive behaviors that lead to criminal behavior.


Success Through Accountability, Restitution, and Treatment (START)
START is an adult drug court for convicted property offenders who have an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Participants attend substance abuse treatment, are supervised by an assigned Probation Officer, attend court regularly, and submit to random drug testing.


Community Court
Community Court, started in March of 1998, focuses on misdemeanor quality of life crimes, such as theft, prostitution, drinking in public, and trespass. In return for a guilty plea, individuals receive a sentence that may include local community service and mandated social services. For current information on community court, see the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office website.


Mental Health Court (MHC)

Mental Health Court is designed to serve individuals on probation with qualifying mental health conditions. To qualify, an individual must have been diagnosed with one of the following: bi-polar disorder, schizo-affective disorder, schizophrenia, or major depression. Other diagnoses may qualify depending on individual circumstances. Once accepted into Mental Health Court, the participant is assigned to a Mental Health Court Monitor. The monitor works with the participant on issues such as housing, medication management, health care appointments, and transportation. Participants are expected to appear at all court dates, stay free of drugs, marijuana and alcohol, to meet regularly with their assigned monitor, to take all prescribed medication, pay restitution to victims, keep all appointments with service providers, and obey all laws.

Attorneys seeking to enter their clients into Mental Health Court can follow the processes as set forth in the Procedural Steps document and Application Form, both included below. See the Mental Health Court Compact and other documents for more complete information and instructions.

Note: Mental Health Court is not the designated court for individuals who are being considered for their fitness to proceed and does not directly supervise individuals who are released to the community pending restoration of their fitness to proceed. Contact the Chief Criminal Judge for information on those individuals.

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