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The purpose of therapeutic courts

Specialty courts are collaborative, problem-solving courts designed to address the underlying issues that brought certain types of cases to court. 

These therapeutic courts have an intensive program of evaluation, treatment, and frequent monitoring of compliance along with offering other services. The goal is to bring stability and recovery to participants while ensuring the well-being of their families or the community as a whole.

Therapeutic courts have proven successful to help break the cycle of substance use and offer participants a chance to change their lives.

For more information please contact Superior Court’s Interim Therapeutic Court Coordinator Kasche Brown at


Skagit County’s Drug Court program draws upon the expertise and cooperation of a multi-disciplinary team including Skagit County Superior Court, the Skagit County Prosecuting Attorney and Public Defender, law enforcement, and substance use treatment providers.

Drug Court is designed to promote public safety while addressing each participants’ need for recovery.

Defendants who are interested in Drug Court must talk to their attorney and initiate the application process for the program through their attorney.  The application can be found here.

Observers and participants of Drug Court are expected to be familiar with the rules and expectations of the program, which are designed for a successful recovery.  Any questions about the program should be directed to the defense attorney or treatment provider.  The Orientation Packet can be found here.

Drug Court is held every second and fourth Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
Emergency Drug Court motions may be held if needed at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesdays when Drug Court is not already scheduled.  


Family Recovery Court’s participants are parents whose children are involved in dependency proceedings.  The goal of the program is to help participants with their recovery to facilitate reunification with their children.

Team members with FRC include Skagit County Superior Court, the Attorney General’s Office, parents’ attorneys, guardians ad litem for the children, DCYF social workers, and providers of PCAP (parent-child assistance program), substance use disorder treatment.providers, and parents’ social workers.

FRC is held every other Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

More information about FRC is available here.