What is Juvenile Treatment Court?

Juvenile Treatment Court (JTC) is a diversion program for juveniles in need of substance use treatment, managed by an interdisciplinary team under the supervision of Honorable Joseph L. Fernandes.

How can I get my son/daughter into Juvenile Treatment Court?

  • A juvenile must be arrested, and the District Attorney reviews the juvenile’s record to confirm legal eligibility. The juvenile must be between the ages of 14-17 and must have committed no violent offenses, have no more than two prior adjudications and be in need of substance use treatment.

How long is the program?

The JTC program includes four phases. 

In Phases I through III, the students progress by meeting the JTC requirements and completing the goals he/she created to advance to the next phase. 

  • Phase I to Phase II (2 weeks): The student attends and participates in the treatment program, school, court hearing, and all other required programs and services.
  • Phase II to Phase III (8 weeks or longer): The student attends and participates in the treatment program, school, court hearing, and all other required programs and services.
  • Phase III to Graduation (6 weeks or longer): Timing depends on progress in treatment, school, and behavior. If a student completes the JTC program, charges will be dismissed at graduation.
  • Phase IV (6 months): Follows commencement and can lead to the expungement of the arrest record.
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