Criminal Justice

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), it is estimated that about half of state and federal prisoners meet the criteria for drug abuse and dependence, yet fewer than 20% who need treatment receive it. Co-occurring substance use and other mental disorders are common, with about 45% of inmates in local jails and State prisons having both.

Scientific research since the mid-1970s shows that treatment can help. Many in the criminal justice system who use drugs change their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors toward drug use, avoid relapse, and successfully remove themselves from a life of substance use and crime.

Bucks County has implemented programs in the community and within the jail to help individuals who have substance use or co-occurring diagnosis in their journey of recovery and criminal-free thinking and behavior. The goal of these programs is to provide intervention and treatment services to meet the individuals’ needs to promote recovery and reduce recidivism.


Diversionary ProgramsThe goal of Diversionary Programs is to promptly identify, screen and assess individuals with substance use and co-occurring disorders, and link them to appropriate treatment and recovery services. Click here for more information.


Drug CourtThe Bucks County Court of Common Pleas has implemented a voluntary Drug Court program for individuals who are either probation/parole violators or post-plea, pre-sentence offenders with a diagnosis of substance use disorder or a co-occurring diagnosis. The program focuses on rehabilitation from substances, as well as criminal thinking behaviors. Details can be found here.


Recovery Program Units at the Department of CorrectionsThe Bucks County Department of Corrections understands the need for substance abuse services in a correctional setting, and has partnered with BCDAC, Inc. to provide services to individuals who are incarcerated. Click here for information.