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Problem-solving courts

The problem-solving court approach has been rapidly growing throughout the justice system. The most common types of problem-solving courts are drug treatment court and OWI courts, but a wide range of other specialty courts, such as mental health, juvenile, domestic violence, and veterans courts also address underlying issues related to a participant's criminal behavior. Problem-solving courts work across multiple disciplines and institutions to use interventions that treat offenders while also holding them accountable for their criminal actions.

Many problem-solving court programs in Wisconsin receive funding through the Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) grant program, administered by the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Programs are typically overseen at the county level by a local CJCC, or Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. For a map of TAD-funded programs, click here (external link).

Email listservs have been created to facilitate the sharing of information between problem-solving court judges, coordinators, and tribal court coordinators, respectively. To subscribe to one of our listservs, send an email to LISTSERV@LIST1.WICOURTS.GOV. DO NOT include a subject. In the body of the message, include the text below that is applicable to the listserv you'd like to join:

  • For the Treatment Court Judges listserv, add the following to the body of the message:
    SUB TREATMENT-COURTS [Your Name] (ex. "SUB TREATMENT-COURTS Joe Smith")
  • For the Treatment Court Coordinators listserv, add the following to the body of the message:
    SUB TREATMENT-COURT-COORDINATORS [Your Name] (ex. "SUB TREATMENT-COURT-COORDINATORS Joe Smith")
  • For the Tribal Court Coordinators listserv, add the following to the body of the message:
    SUB TRIBAL-COURT-COORDINATORS [Your Name] (ex. "SUB TRIBAL-COURT-COORDINATORS Joe Smith")

For more information about problem-solving court programs, please contact:

Heather Kierzek
Statewide Problem-Solving Court Coordinator
Office of Court Operations
Heather.Kierzek@wicourts.gov

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