Apr. 16, 2014
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The San Francisco Superior Court is well-recognized nationally for its Collaborative Justice Courts, also known as “problem-solving” courts. These courts work with individuals and families in the criminal justice, juvenile delinquency, and child welfare systems who are challenged by substance abuse, mental illness and other social welfare concerns.  Judicial Officers supervise the treatment progress through interaction with defendants during court hearings. The use of sanctions and incentives promote defendants’ accountability with a focus on recovery.  The goal is to improve individual and family outcomes, minimize incarceration, reduce criminal recidivism and improve public safety. The Court works with many partner agencies and programs to address the complex social and behavioral health problems that have resulted in defendants cycling through the courts and jails.

Find out more about our Collaborative Courts in San Francisco.

Mission

The San Francisco Collaborative Courts (SFCC) work with individuals and families in the criminal justice, juvenile delinquency, and child welfare systems who are challenged by substance abuse, mental illness and other social welfare concerns. We aim to improve individual and family outcomes, minimize incarceration, reduce criminal recidivism and improve public safety. We work with participants to facilitate greater self sufficiency, family health and community engagement. Our policies and programs are evidence-based and data-driven, and we strive to be accountable and transparent to the Court, the City, and the community. We advocate for the use of collaborative justice practices to general calendars throughout the court system.

Statement of Principles/Vision

We are cognizant of ethnic, sexual orientation, gender, and class disparities. We are committed to reducing such disparities in all of our programs.

We are committed to cross-system collaboration to enhance service delivery and team cohesion among all Collaborative Court partners.

We provide high quality, culturally competent, accessible, appropriate, and individualized services and resources.

We support leadership among all Collaborative Court staff for a more proactive and visible department.

COLLABORATIVE COURTS STANDARDS

The Bureau of Justice Assistance and other funders strongly emphasize the use of substance abuse and mental health treatment practices that have a demonstrated evidence base and are appropriate for our target population. The San Francisco Superior Court developed standards for our programs to ensure that the Court is following many of the suggested practices.

Collaborative court schedules

Here is a schedule of the Collaborative Courts currently operating in San Francisco.  

Contact Us

Lisa Lightman, Director
San Francisco Collaborative Courts
Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco
400 McAllister St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 551-3983
llightman@sftc.org

San Francisco Collaborative Courts Newsletters and grants

Foundation Grants

2013, Janssen, Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for motivational incentives ($5,000)

2012, Janssen, Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for community stipends ($5,000)

2010 Margoes Foundation for services for Juvenile Wellness Court ($32,000)

2010 SF Foundation Grant for Drug Court Database ($20,000)

2009 Adobe Foundation Grant for Motivational Incentives Program ($10,000)

2009 Janssen, Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for Motivational Incentives Program ($5,000)

2009 SF Foundation Grant for Behavioral Health Court Database ($20,000)

2007 Margoes Foundation for Supported Employment Stipends ($22,000)

2007 SF Foundation Grant for Behavioral Health Court Database ($30,000)

Federal Grants

2012 BJA Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Award for Supportive Employment and Housing for BHC clients ($250,000)

2011 BJA Grant Award for Transitional Housing and Clinical Support for Drug Court ($200,000)

2010 SAMHSA Grant for Principal Center Collaborative ($975,000)

2010 Federal JAG Byrne Stimulus Funds for Adult/Juvenile Programs ($415,000)

2010 Cal EMA Grant for Parole Reentry Court ($1,315,961)

2009 OJJDP Grant for Dependency Drug Court ($499,953)

2009 BJA Grant Award for Transitional Housing for Drug Court ($190,000)

2008 BJA Grant award for the Community Justice Center ($350,000)

2008 Byrne Grant (congressionally mandated) for the Community Justice Center ($983,000)

2007 BJA Grant Award for Transitional Housing for the Drug Court ($195,000)

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