The Recovery IS Empowering Court (R.ISE.) is the General Division’s most recent specialty court, having commenced in 2014. Since that time, more than 1,020 women have participated in the program. Formerly known as Women’s Therapeutic Court, it changed its name in March 2022 to use destigmatizing language about recovery. R.ISE. participants are required to meet with their probation officers anywhere from one to five times a week, depending on their particular situation. However, they are all required to appear in court on a weekly basis. These women have severe alcohol and/or substance addictions as well as a history of trauma throughout their lives. Some are also dealing with moderate to severe mental health issues. If a particular participant continues to use drugs and/or alcohol while in a program, she may be admitted to a local residential treatment program for up to 90 days. R.ISE. has a successful completion rate of 71%.
R.ISE. is designed to reduce crime by changing offenders’ drug-using behavior. It is a highly structured program, lasting 6 months to 5 years, and encourages sobriety through weekly court appearances, intensive supervision by the Probation Services Department, urine testing, and involvement in treatment.
Criteria for Participation:
Clients are female offenders with substance abuse issues and a moderate or high ORAS level.
Upon completing the R.ISE. program, participants will be drug and alcohol-free for six (6) consecutive months, be employed or enrolled in school, have fulfilled their financial obligation, and completed special conditions ordered by the Court.
R.ISE. will be held at the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Building, 41 North Perry Street, Judge Mary Katherine Huffman Courtroom @ 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday.