Local Efforts for Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Treatment First Program

The Treatment First Program aims to help individuals enter recovery, reunite families, reduce the recidivism rate, improve public safety in Multnomah County and reduce the negative impact of criminal justice involvement for drug-related offenses. Treatment First uses an evidence-based risk and needs assessment tool to identify and provide specialized service tracks for low to moderate risk/need offenders that meet their service needs. This model reserves STOP Court for highest risk/need individuals and allows the county to provide multiple treatment tracks to provide the most appropriate response to individual offenders. 

Treatment First will monitor and analyze data and outcomes of participants to determine the effectiveness of the program with additional effort put in to compare historically disadvantaged groups in order to identify and address disparities in treatment and service outcomes. The program is a partnership of Multnomah County District Attorney’s office (MCDA), the Multnomah County Circuit Court (MCCC), defense services (Metropolitan Public Defenders, Multnomah Defenders Inc. and others), the Department of Community Justice (DCJ), local law enforcement and community treatment providers.

For more information, check out the Multnomah County District Attorney’s website.