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Programs, Services & Specialty Courts

Frank Crowley Courts Building - 133 N. Riverfront Boulevard, 9th Floor, Dallas, TX 75207
Telephone: (214) 653-5300

Special Program and Services

Absconder and Warrant Unit

This specially trained, six person unit, is charged with serving probation violation warrants, locating and apprehending probation clients that have absconded from supervision. The Absconder and Warrant Unit works hand-in-hand with local law enforcement to effect the safe apprehension and detention of probation absconders and/or those probationers being served with a probation revocation warrant.

This specialized unit is trained in defensive tactics, public safety awareness and have been authorized to carry impact weapons (ASP batons), handcuffs, Capsicum spray and firearms.


Assessment Center

The Assessment Center provides our courts with quality assessments and pre-sentence investigations reports that assist the judiciary in making informed sentencing decisions while considering all viable treatment and placement options.

The Assessment Center is responsible for providing Dallas County CSCD with a standardized process and format for Pre-Sentence Investigation Report and creation of Conditions of Supervision.

We accomplish this task by employing skilled investigative interviewers who provide comprehensive PSI/Summary’s, Criminal History, Risk/Need Assessment, Diagnostic Screening and Evaluations. Conditions of Supervision are created based on all collective information and Risk/Needs outcome.


Assessment, Treatment, and Research Services (ATRS)

The Assessment, Treatment, and Research Services (ATRS) department is administered by the Dallas County CSCD and performs mental health and substance abuse screenings for all Felony cases upon bond release, to assess needs upfront. Where indicated, screenings are followed by substance abuse and/or psychological evaluations. Appropriate referrals for treatment are made if indicated by evaluation. ATRS provides in-house intensive outpatient programs (IOP) in English and Spanish and specialty IOP programs such as Dual Diagnosis. ATRS refers and/or contracts out to supportive outpatient programs and residential substance abuse treatment. ATRS staff also provides evaluations for jail clients and consult with courts and officers.
  • Accepts indigent clients and non-indigent if the court orders a program fee
  • Clients are referred by the felony courts and by community supervision officers
  • Outpatient substance abuse treatment averages approximately 17 weeks
  • Specific referral criteria can be obtained directly from ATRS


Dual Diagnosis Center

The Dual Diagnosis Center (DDC) is a 60 bed (30 men, 30 women) treatment facility for clients presenting with co-occurring disorders (mental health diagnosis and a substance abuse disorder). The DDC is housed at the Wilmer campus. It is a 90-day inpatient program which opened in early 2008. The DDC program also includes an Aftercare court component.
  • Felony only with diagnosed drug abuse or dependence
  • No title V offenses
  • Major Mental Illness (Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder or Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorder)
  • Court order entry only
  • Not imminently suicidal or homicidal
  • Males and females
  • For expanded admissions criteria please contact ATRS


High Risk Caseload Diversion Program

The HRC targets high-risk/high needs felony offenders. High-risk/high needs misdemeanor cases shall be served only on a limited and space available basis, not to exceed 20% of the offenders served on the caseload at any given time. Clients serving a period of community supervision who meet the HRC program requirements, at the option of the court, may also receive electronic monitoring while a participant in the HRC. Electronic monitoring utilizes the following equipment which includes: ankle bracelet / telephone responder units and Global Positioning System (GPS).
  • Offender must reside or be employed in Dallas County
  • Must have a condition of community supervision requiring participation in a cognitive behavioral program such as “Thinking for a Change, BIPP, Anger Management, etc
  • Must be court ordered into High Risk Caseload as a condition of community supervision and not as a condition of bond or pre-trial bond


Judge John C. Creuzot Judicial Treatment Center

The Judge John C. Creuzot Judicial Treatment Center (JJCCJTC) is an inpatient treatment facility for substance abuse treatment and supportive services for community reintegration, run by the Dallas County CSCD located in Wilmer, Texas. The JJCCJTC facility houses several different treatment tracks. Another track at the facility is the Pre-DDC track. This is for female clients awaiting entry to the Dual Diagnosis Center (DDC).
  • Felony only with diagnosed drug dependence
  • No title V offenses, no severe medical or mental health problems (except for the Dual Diagnosis Center and Pre-DDC track)
  • Court order entry only
  • Males and females
  • For expanded admissions criteria please contact ATRS


Mental Illness/Mental Retardation Caseloads (MIMR)

The MIMR caseload program specializes in providing supervision to offenders with severe mental illness or mental retardation and is partially grant-funded. These specially trained community supervision officers are sensitive to the limitations of offenders with severe mental illness and are experienced in accessing community resources. Through ongoing training on the management and treatment of mental health disorders, these officers encourage and direct MIMR offenders to adhere to prescribed treatment, participate in case management, and to utilize community resources to foster self-reliance and community success. These officers are located at the various satellite offices across Dallas County and support our mental health diversion courts.

Program Service components:

Eligibility for grant-funded and non-grant caseloads determined via ATRS assessments based on diagnosis, functional impairment, and criminogenic risk.

  • Priority given to high-risk felons with diagnoses of Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder
  • Provides a continuum of supervision based on stabilization and actuarial risk
  • Provides for coordination of services with treatment providers including Intensive Case Management services through the Special Needs Offenders Program (SNOP)
  • The MIMR program does not generally accept sex offenders. These clients will be seen by the sex offender treatment unit
  • Please contact ATRS for further information on this specialized service


Motivational Interviewing Training Unit

Motivational interviewing is a client-centered, directive method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence. All community supervision officers are trained in Motivational Interviewing and it is the primary tool used for CSOs supervising high risk caseloads.



The SAFPF Unit provides specialized supervision to graduates of the TDCJ - Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facilities the first year after their release from the facility.

  • Felony only from SAFPF inpatient facilities
  • Excludes offenders convicted of Section 21.11, 22.01 or 22.02 offenses
  • Court ordered participation only
  • All offenders are supervised at a maximum risk level designation
  • Selected offenders participate in SAFPF Re-Entry Courts
  • Please contact the SAFPF program for additional referral criteria


Sex Offender Unit

The Sex Offender Unit targets high-risk/high-needs sex offenders serving a period of community supervision in Dallas County. Specially trained community supervision officer’s work collaboratively with appropriate agencies and community service providers in the supervision of these clients.

  • Client participation in the Sex Offender Unit must be court ordered and is limited to offenders who meet the definition of a sex offender as defined in TDCJ-CJAD standards
  • The Sex Offender Unit incorporates a substance abuse treatment referral component for those offenders who abuse alcohol or drugs as well as a cognitive behavioral component for each offender that includes an evaluation of the offender upon entering the program and an evaluation upon exiting the program
  • Community Supervision Officers in the unit work closely with local police departments to ensure the safety of the community
  • Clients are supervised in the Sex Offender Unit until such time as they no longer represent a serious risk to the community


Thinking for a Change

Dallas County CSCD
Integrated Cognitive Behavior Change Program

  • Cognitive approaches to changing offender behavior
  • Curriculum cores problem solving, cognitive restructuring and social skills interventions
  • Systemic approach to identifying thinking, beliefs, attitudes and values
  • Total of 22 lessons developed to empower each participant in their own learning and self development, providing a forum for continued skill and cognitive development
  • Each group has 2 facilitators to facilitate and teach its contents
  • Goal : to effect change in thinking so that behavior is positively impacted


Transportation and Safety Unit

The field work officer (FWO) is a community supervision officer charged with the responsibility for making home and employment visits on high risk clients in accordance with CSCD and CJAD requirements. The FWO helps insure compliance with the conditions of community supervision and reports any supervision violation that may be observed during the performance of field work duties. The substance of each contact must be timely documented in the case narrative and reported on the daily work sheet in an accurate and coherent manner.
  • All clients are seen based on the “risk” they pose to the community
  • Presently, have 34 officers perform fieldwork duties for Dallas County CSCD
  • In order to provide the surveillance necessary for the protection of the community and to comply with CSCD requirements, the FWO must often work weekends, late nights and early mornings
  • The FWO is assigned a CSCD fleet vehicle for conducting fieldwork
  • The FWO must communicate effectively in a verbal and written manner, provide help or case coverage to other fieldwork officers when needed, and prepare monthly statistical data as required
  • The FWO is a member of the supervisory team and works collaboratively with the casework officer in the supervision of maximum risk clients


Court Services Unit

The Court Services Unit is comprised of Seventeen (17) Felony Courts, and Thirteen (13) Misdemeanor Courts

The Dallas County CSCD Court Services Unit provides evidence based practices in all aspects of court management in an effort to encourage positive behavioral change in offenders while maintaining public safety and promoting victim advocacy.

Service Delivery Components:

  • Providing significant information to the courts to assist the judges with sentencing decision, the issuance of arrest warrants and other judicial actions;
  • Collaborative partnership with the community to provide research based prevention and intervention services;
  • Assessing offenders risk/needs in order to help guide decisions regarding treatment services and appropriate level of supervision;
  • Managing offender risk by enforcing court orders while providing opportunities for positive behavioral change within our communities;
  • Facilitating victim involvement and restorative justice services


Specialty and Problem Solving Courts

The Dallas County CSCD provides for technical assistance and other resources to the following Specialty and Problem Solving Courts. These courts adhere strongly to the federally supported drug court model.


Allison C. Colker, Esq., National Conference of State Legislatures – December 2004




(Achieving True Liberty and Success)

Judge:  Teresa Hawthorne

Date Started:  January 1, 2006

Length of Participation: 12 months

Goals: To co-exist with their mental health condition and reconnect with their Mental Health Provider.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must have a current Felony Court (Pre-Post sentence) case.
  • Must be recommended by the court.
  • Post-sentence must be in revocation status or in court with a violation.
  • Must be referred by ATRS and have an Axis I mental illness diagnosis.
  • Clients must be Northstar eligible.
  • Clients must be referred by ATRS.

Referral Source:  All Felony Courts

Treatment and Intervention:  Metrocare

Benefits of Participation:

  • Supervised by specialty court officers who will assist in providing referrals to community mental heath vendors.
  • Clients are held accountable and client's mental health status is monitored, including their medication compliance.

Average Caseload: Not to exceed 35 participants



(Dual Diagnosis After Care)

Judge: Jennifer Bennett

Date Started: May 1, 2008

Length of Participation:  6 - 18 months

Goals:  To integrate therapeutic judicial oversight, specialized treatment and multi-disciplinary case management to high risk-high needs person placed on Felony probation who have been diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Must be placed on Felony Probation (deferred or regular).
  • Clients who meet the criteria for Dual Diagnosis, must be referred by ATRS.
  • Court ordered
  • No title 5 offense
  • No hold from any other Jurisdiction
  • Pending felony charges may disqualify the probationer.

Referral Source: Probationers that complete the DDC program at the Judge John C. Creuzot Judicial Treatment Center.

Treatment and Intervention:  IPS and Metrocare

Benefits of Participation: 

  • Clients learn tools on how to live with a co-occurring diagnosis.
  • Clients will have contact with a mental health provider.
  • Clients become stablized on medications, and attend and complete counseling for substance abuse.

Average Caseload:  30 participants not to exceed 60



(Diversion and Expedited Rehabilitation and Treatment)

Judge:  Robert Burns

Date Started:  January 6, 1998

Length of Participation:  12 - 18 months

Goals:  Provide early screening, assessment, and court intervention.  Provide effective case management.  Provide an integrated program of drug treatment, substance abuse education, and rehabilitation services.  Promote public safety by reducing recidivism.

Elgibility Requirements: 

  • Clients must be assessed and diagnosed with a substance abuse problem that requires treatment.  Treatment may include inpatient or outpatient treatment.
  • Non-violent first felony arrest.
  • First time Felony drug offender with no prior felony criminal history.

Referral Source:  Assistant District Attorney's office or private attorney.

Treatment and Intervention:  CSCD Assessment Treatment & Research Services (ATRS) and the Judge John C. Creuzot Judicial Treatment Center.

Benefits for Participation:

  • All cases are Pre-adjudicated once they successfully complete program the case is dismissed.
  • Clients are introduced to treatment.

Average Caseload:  40 participants


Felony Domestic Violence Court

Judge:  Brandon Birmingham

Date Started:  January 14, 2014

Length of Participation:  9 - 16 months

Goals:  To institute procedures that promotes victims safety, offender accountability and promote healthy pro-social interpersonal problem solving.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Felony Criminal cases and significant lethality risk pertaining to violence as indicated for the forensic domestic violence risk evaluation.

Referral Source:  Clients are recommended for the program through ATRS or court officers from the other felony courts.  Cases are staffed with the Judge and other court team members for acceptance into the program.

Treatment and Intervention:  ATRS and the Judge John C. Creuzot Judicial Treatment Center

Benefits for Participation:

  • Clients commit to the elimination of abusive behavior in their life.
  • Clients work toward the development of empathy.
  • Clients are able to identify and understand, inter personal patterns of violence.
  • Clients will be offered the opportunity to learn healthy and pro-social interpersonal skills.  Court fees are waived upon successful completion of the program.

Average Caseload:  40 participants


Felony DWI Court

Judge:  Tracy Holmes

Date Started:  July 7, 2008

Length of Participation:  15 - 21 months

Goals:  To promote public safety by reducing DWI related offenses, accidents, and potential deaths due to drinking while driving.

Eligibility Requirements:  Felony DWI 3rd or up to 7 DWI arrests.

  • Alcohol dependence
  • Chronic Pattern of Abuse
  • Potential Poly Substance Abuse

Referral Source:  Participants in the court are probated in the 363rd Judicial District Court.  Assistant District Attorneys determine who qualify for the program.

Treatment and Intervention:  First Step Counseling and ATRS

Benefits of Participation:

  • Clients get needed substance abuse treatment
  • Clients learn to deal with issues within life sober
  • Clients will obtain supportive peers through working with a 12 step recovery program

Average Caseload:  30 participants



(Intensive Intervention Program)

Judge:  Ernest White

Date Started:  September 1, 2007

Length of Participation:  6 - 18 months

Goals:  Helping offenders to become pro-social and productive members of society.

Elgibility Requirements:  Be under CSCD supervision, and have consistent technical violations..

Referral Source:  Felony Courts

Treatment and Intervention:  IPS

Benefits of Participation:

  • Obtain tools and skills to help correct criminal thinking errors.
  • Possible successful or early release from probation.

Average Caseload:  35 participants



Judge:  Robert Francis

Date Started:  March 2009

Length of Participation:  12 months

Goals:  Re-entry of the clients back into society clean and sober and preparing them for a life free from crime and substance abuse.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must have completed one of the state of TEXAS SAFPF lockdown facilities.

Referral Source:  SAFPF Units

Treatment and Intervention:  Metrocare and ATRS

Benefits of Participation:

  • Intensive Supervision
  • Attending and completing counseling
  • Obtaining housing after SAFPF release to ensure stabilization in the program and recovery.

Average Caseload:  35 - 40 participants



(Successful Treatment of Addiction through Collaboration)

Judges:  Lela Mays and Gracie Lewis

Date Started:  February 2007

Length of Participation:  12 - 18 months

Goals:  To reduce crime and substance abuse by adult offenders through drug treatment and judicial supervision, while promoting educational and vocational participation and improved social functioning resulting in decreased recidivism and a safer community.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Resident of Dallas County
  • All Felony (deferred or regular)
  • ATRS assessment must be completed (preferred) and recommended for treatment in the Judge John C. Creuzot Judicial Treatment Center.
  • 6 month Judge John C. Creuzot Judicial Treatment Center completion
  • Court ordered (modified or original)

Referral Source:  Clients must complete the Judge John C. Creuzot Judicial Treatment Center program.

Treatment and Intervention:  JJCCJTC, IPS, Homeward Bound, Nexus, Salvation Army and ATRS

Benefits of Participation:

  • Community resources
  • Housing
  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Family Reintegration

Average Caseload:  40 participants



(The Strengthening, Transition, And Recovery)

Judge:  Nancy Kennedy

Date Started: July 1, 2008

Length of Participation:  12 months

Goals:  To provide intensive supervision through judicial intervention, innovative case management and treatment to persons deemded high risk/high needs that have also been diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder or substance abuse issue as well as a history of prostitution.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Prostitution lifestyle issues do not have to be the current charge.
  • Must be court ordered
  • No title 5 offenses

Referral Source:  Any referral from and Assistant District Attorney, Public Defender, or Private Attorney

Treatment and Intervention:  Metrocare, Nexus, and Salvation Army

Benefits of Participation:

  • Change of lifestyle
  • Learn tools to live with a co-occurring diagnosis
  • Contact with mental health provider
  • Counseling for life style and substance abuse
  • Re-connect with family and build up their self-esteem

Average Caseload:  20 participants not to exceed 45


Veterans Treatment Court

Judge:  Dominique Collins

Date Started:  May 1, 2010

Length of Participation:  12 months

Goals:  To provide intensive treatment, judicial monitoring, swift intervention and services to Veterans who have been diagnosed with service related injuries.

Reduce illegal substance abuse usage and abuse among Veterans by promoting pro-social values, mental health education, alcohol and other drug education and increased functioning in daily living skills.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • While in armed services mental, medical defect has a diagnosed service related medical or mental issue or was a victim of military sexual trauma that occurred during service.
  • Must be willing to undergo the recommended treatment of the Veterans court team.
  • Must be referred by ATRS clinician as meeting the above criteria for service related diagnosis.
  • The ATRS clinician must indicate that the service related mental health issue disease or defect contributed in whole or in part to the charged offense.
  • Current offense must also be one that a prosecutor would normally consider for probation.
  • No felony convictions or deferred adjudication probations.  DWI's will be considered.
  • Pending felony charges may make the defendant ineligible.

Referral Source:  Defense Attorneys

Treatment and Intervention:  VA Hospital

Benefits of Participation: 

  • Improve the quality of life for Vetarans who have been diagnosed with service related injuries.
  • Improve the quality of life for Vetearns who have been diagnosed with service related injuries through stressing personal and community responsibility, self-help and implementing a high structured daily schedule.

Average Caseload:  25 participants not to exceed 50

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This program is supported by a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans' Assistance.
The Fund for Veterans' Assistance provides grants to organization serving veterans and their families.



Misdemeanor Domestic Violence

High Risk Offender Program

Judge:  Roberto Cañas

Date Started:  January 12, 2012

Length of Participation:  6 - 9 months

Goals:  To reduce recidivism among domestic violence offenders.

Eligibility Requirements:  Client's will be placed on high risk offender program based on the following risk factors.

(All of the following factors not required to meet eligibility)

  • Prior assaultive offenses.
  • Violations of protective order against the victim.
  • Failure to complete standard BIPP while on regular caseload.
  • A youthful offender with a prior assaultive offense.
  • The Judge may also order that they attend the HRO based on his overall impression of the clients based on the particular case or interactions with the victims.
  • Threat to kill
  • Strangulation
  • Use or threat to use weapons

Referral Source:  Only from Judge Cañas CCC#10

Treatment and Intervention:  BIPP

Benefits of Participation: 

  • Clients learn how to appropriately manage their feelings and behavior.
  • Clients CSR fee is waived or CSR hours may be waived entirely.

Average Caseload:  35 participants


Misdemeanor DWI Court

Judge:  Dan Patterson

Date Started:  September 1, 2016

Length of Participation:  12 months

Goals:  To provide treatment to clients and promote public safety.

Eligibility Requirements:  An alcohol-dependent client who has a pending:

  • DWI 2nd
  • Multiple pending DWI charges.
  • DWI charge with a BAC greater than .15.
  • A DWI with an accident

Referral Source:  Assistant District Attorney's Office

Treatment and Intervention:  IPS

Benefits of Participation:  One year probation term

  • Treatment at an affordable cost
  • Fine suspended and probation fee reduced
  • CSR suspended, jail time suspended
  • Possible dismissal of pending case ODL with fee waived

Average Caseload:  20 participants



(Positive Recovery Intensive Divert Experience)

Judge:  Peggy Hoffman

Date Started:  January 2009

Length of Participation:  12 months

Goals:  PRIDE court was established to address the needs of men and women that have substance abuse and/or mental abuse issues and face prostitution charges.  These individuals typically spend their time in jail and are released back to the street to fend for themselves.  This program is designed to intervene when the person enters jail and helps them make life alterning changes in their everyday life.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Have a un-adjudicated (pre-plea) misdemeanor or state jail felony prostitution charge.
  • Have a un-adjudicated misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge accompanied by a prior prostitution conviction in the past 3 years.
  • Must have a drug/alcohol problem as determined by the drug screening tool
  • Must score at least 75 out of 100 on the Willingness to Change tool
  • Must want to make a change in their life

Referral Source:  The Assistant District Attorney will decide if the client is legally appropriate for PRIDE court.

Treatment and Intervention:  Nexus

Benefits of Participation:

  • Clients are treated for substance abuse, and mental health issues through appropriate services.
  • Reduces the number of medical, mental and drug related deaths in relation to the prostitution offender.  Integrate substance abuse, medical and mental/health treatment with participant accountability through continued judicial monitoring.
  • Promotes abstinence from illicit and illegal drugs as well as prostitution.
  • Enable the participant to become a productive member of society through education and community resources.
  • Expunge record for successful completions.

Average Caseload:  15 participants