The Center of Excellence

The Massachusetts Center of Excellence for Specialty Courts seeks to standardize the establishment and operation of specialty courts throughout the state—while taking into account that some practices may need to be adapted to fit local circumstances.

Founded in 2014 in partnership with the Massachusetts Trial Court, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the Department of Public Health, and the Department of Mental Health, the Center strives to support new specialty courts, and provide resources and ideas to nurture existing specialty courts.

What is a Specialty Court?

A Specialty Court is based on the principals of addressing treatment services as a means of successfully rehabilitating participants through early, continuous and integrated treatment programs under the direct supervision of judicial oversight.

Massachusetts operates several types of specialty courts:

  • Adult Drug Court
  • Juvenile Drug Court
  • Mental Health Court (also called Recovery with Justice)
  • Veterans Treatment Court
  • Homeless Court

Upcoming Training

December 06, 2016

The Justice Programs Office, under the BJA Drug Court Technical Assistance Project, at American University will be conducting a webinar entitled Selecting and Using Risk Assessment Tools in Problem-Solving Courts on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. EST.  This webinar will be presented by Dr.