York County operates four specialized treatment, or diversionary, courts. The goal of these programs is to help defendants stay out of the criminal justice system by addressing underlying causes of criminal behavior. They also save taxpayer money by keeping offenders out of York County Prison.
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These courts include:
Adult Mental Health Court
This program was established in May 2005 to address defendants with mental health issues. People with mental illness are at increased risk for contact with law enforcement due to increased risks for homelessness, lack of service availability in the community and inability to access entitlements in a timely fashion.
Veterans Treatment Courts, or VTCs, are hybrid Drug and Mental Health Courts that recognize the unique military culture while addressing distinct veteran issues, such as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Military Sexual Trauma.