Columbia County Courthouse

230 Strand Street, St. Helens, OR 97051 • Phone: (503) 397-7210 • Toll Free: (888) 397-7210

Columbia County

Drug Court


The Columbia County Juvenile Treatment Court is a drug and/or alcohol program serving non-violent juvenile offenders who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction and have been referred by the Columbia County Juvenile Division. The program partners primarily with Columbia Community Mental Health to provide treatment services and multiple agencies and individuals work together in an effort to reduce participants' rate of reoffending and relapse including:



  • Columbia County Circuit Court Judge

  • Columbia County Trial Court Administrator

  • Columbia County Treatment Court Coordinator

  • Columbia County Juvenile Division

  • Columbia Community Mental Health

  • Columbia County Education Campus

  • Columbia County Consortium



The Juvenile Treatment Court Program consists of five phases focusing on the strengths of the youth it serves. Each phase is designed to provide the best possible support for the participant.

The first phase of the program focuses on recovery and responsibility to self. During this phase participants work on the first step in the recovery process and start building a strong outside support network. Youth in this phase start working on core belief activities and on making the transition into the program. Participants attend drug court hearings weekly in front of a Circuit Court Judge and submit random urinalysis (UA) provided by Columbia Community Mental Health (CCMH).

Phase Two of the program focuses on maintenance of recovery and responsibility to others. During this phase youth work on understanding the importance of honesty in recovery and everyday life. Participants continue to work on the 12 steps of recovery, attend all treatment activities, attend drug court hearings once a week, and submit random UA’s provided by CCMH.

Phase three focuses on employment, education and life. Participants learn life skills that will allow them to seek employment and/or enroll in college in the future. Youth attend all treatment activities, continue to submit random UA’s and attend drug court hearings once a week. Phase three also focuses on mentor training and being a role model to new youth entering the program. Youth in phase three are required to obtain a sponsor and continue to focus on creating a network of support.

Phase four of focuses on maintaining a clean, sober, and law-abiding lifestyle. Youth continue to attend weekly drug court hearings, attend all  treatment activities, submit random UA’s and continue to work on core belief activities. During phase four youth are also required to lead a recovery group session for the other participants in the program.

Phase five is the aftercare phase. This phase requires youth to attend at  least one to two drug court hearing per month, attend one individual treatment session per month, and submit random UA’s. This final phase encourages participants to become a mentor for another client in the program., and once completed youth are eligible for graduation.

In order for participants to graduate, they must:


  • Abstain from the use of drugs and alcohol

  • Upon request, submit UA's for alcohol and drugs

  • Successfully complete treatment as recommended by the alcohol and drug assessment and treatment provider

  • Develop a positive community support network

  • Regularly attend community support groups or pro social activities

  • Complete all 5 phases


After Graduation the clients have the opportunity to return and become mentors for the program. The mentoring program requires each person to be a graduate of the Columbia County Juvenile Treatment Court, sign a court contract agreeing to abstain from drugs and alcohol, and to communicate with the Juvenile Treatment Court team on a regular basis on the progress their mentee is making. Mentors are given training and instruction on what role they will play as a mentor. Becoming a mentor is a voluntary opportunity.