Therapeutic Drug Court

Mission Statement

The mission of the Spokane County Behavioral Health Adult Felony Therapeutic Drug Court (TDC) is to offer eligible offenders a highly structured and cost-effective pretrial release program that combines treatment, education, and intensive supervision to reduce drug dependency and its impact on associated criminal activity. 


The Spokane County TDC program was created in 1996 to give drug-dependent participants the opportunity to enter recovery and address their addiction, while preventing a felony on their record. Entering the voluntary TDC program offers participants a chance to regain their life, mend their relationships, and become positive, contributing members of the community. Instead of jail or prison, participants will enter a court-supervised, structured treatment based program designed to help them become abstinent and make healthier choices. This unique opportunity is based on treating the whole person by addressing needs in all major life areas. Our program adheres to the national standards established for drug courts (PDF).

We work as a team, so participants are not alone in their recovery. There will be occasions where other participants struggling with their addictions interact to provide encouragement and strength. The treatment team leverages the skills of many professionals to help guide and support a participant's recovery efforts. Please review the Participant Handbook (PDF) for a more detailed look at the program description and to answer any questions.

The Spokane County TDC has graduated over 550 participants since its inception on January 1, 1996. View a general overview of the program (PDF), including funding sources, outcomes, and goals for the future.

For More Information

If you have current felony charges pending and want to learn more about your eligibility, please contact the Public Defender, Rik Wallis at 509-477-4842.

If you have other questions or would like to learn more about how to support our success, please contact the Coordinator, Sandra Altshuler at 509-477-6355, or by email.