Therapeutic Courts

Pierce County Therapeutic Courts:



Pierce County Superior Court and community treatment agencies currently run 4 Therapeutic Courts to provide treatment to individuals with substance use disorders and mental health issues. 
Judge Elizabeth Martin currently presides over the Felony Drug Court and Family Recovery Court.  Judge Frank Cuthbertson currently presides over the Felony Mental Health Court and Assisted Outpatient Treatment Court program.


  1. Felony Drug Court
  2. Family Recovery Court
  3. Felony Mental Health Court
  4. Assisted Outpatient
  5. Contact Information

Felony Drug Court

Pierce County Felony Drug Court was implemented in 1994 and was recently awarded a new grant for 2 million dollars to extend services to eligible defendants in our community.

Pierce County Felony Drug Court is the second largest drug court in Washington State. Treatment services are provided by Pierce County Alliance who specialize in substance abuse and mental health services including specialty treatment for veterans, persons with gambling problems and medication assisted treatment (MAT). MAT reduces the impact of withdrawal and address the nation’s opioid crisis. Treatment incorporates current evidence-based practices to include trauma informed care, moral reconation therapy (MRT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). Drug Court participants are defendants who are currently charged with a non-violent felony charge and do not have any history of violent or sexual charges. The program is a minimum 12-month program.  Pierce County Felony Drug Court currently has over 180 participants and has graduated over 1800 since inception.