Programs & Services
In December 2000, the Knox County Juvenile Drug Court began due to the overwhelming rise in drug use among the juveniles. The Drug Court Program is
designed to be the most intensive program at Knox County Juvenile Court. The Drug Court Program is run in collaboration with the Drug and Alcohol
Freedom Center of Knox County.
Mental Health Court
Knox County Juvenile Mental Health Court began in January 2016. The program serves juveniles who reside in Knox County and are charged with misdemeanors and/or
felonies, and who have severe and presistent mental illnesses that are contributing factors in their law-breaking behavior and juvenile court involvement.
Further, a court-monitored treatment and other services would enhance their ability to become productive, law-abiding citizens. The Mission of the Knox
County Juvenile Mental Health Court is to help prepare Knox County Juveniles to lead healthy, responsible and law-abiding lives by assisting them in
stabilization and coping appropriately with mental illness. The goal of the program is to reduce recidivism among individuals with severe and persistent
mental health issues in the Knox County Juvenile Court system, reduce participants' detainment time by providing a specialized program for mental health
clients, and increase the number of successful terminations from Knox County Juvenile Probation.
Community Youth Fitness Program
The Community Youth Fitness Program was designed as an alternative to going to detention for juveniles.