Family Recovery Court



What is a Recovery Court? 

A Recovery Court is a collaborative effort between the Criminal Justice system and Community Mental Health that strives to improve the quality of life for the individual, increase public safety, and reduce costs for the community.

Who is eligible for the Recovery Court? 

  • Juveniles ages 10-16 who are considered non-violent offenders, with pending misdemeanor or felony charges. (Some violent offenses will be eligible with the consent of the victim and the approval of the prosecuting attorney.)
  • Clinically assessed as having a serious emotional disturbance or developmental disability.
  • Van Buren County resident
  • Juvenile's parent/guardian must agree in writing to participate and cooperate with the program.

What is the structure of Family Recovery Court?

The Van Buren County Recovery Court is a 12-15 month program that involves intensive treatment, treatment planning, case management, wraparound services, medication review, family therapy, court review hearings, and referrals to ancillary service agencies. 

Why participate in Family Recovery Court?

  • Possible charge reduction or dismissal of case
  • Incentives for positive behavior
  • Support from Recovery Court team
  • Mental health treatment

How do I get started?

Potential participants may be identified by various sources including law enforcement, jail staff, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, treatment providers, and family members

Who should I contact with questions?

Questions may be directed to:

Specialty Court

(269) 657-8200 

To get started with Recovery Court please complete the appropriate screening form: