Oct. 24, 2014


Our vision

We are pioneers in the Justice Community enabling a safe and just San Francisco for all. We change lives by demonstrating our Core Values in everything we do.

our core values

High quality and culturally competent services
Non-adversarial adjudication
Procedural fairness
Cross system collaboration
Personal accountability
Respect, compassion, kindness, and non-judgment

Our Mission

San Francisco’s Collaborative Courts break the cycle of court involvement by delivering high quality collaborative justice programs that address addiction, mental health, and other social service needs.
We do this by:
  • Behavioral Health Court (BHC): Works with individuals who have serious and persistent mental illness in their efforts toward community re-integration and greater self-sufficiency.
    Community Justice Center (CJC): Adjudicates clients’ criminal cases from the Tenderloin, Civic Center, Union Square, and South of Market neighborhoods. The CJC bridges the gap between communities and the court and addresses issues that have led to a participant’s criminal justice involvement through the use of restorative justice and treatment services for substance use, mental health, and other primary health issues.
    Dependency Drug Court (DDC): Provides comprehensive, highly coordinated services to families impacted by parental substance use to help them establish stability and prevent children’s re-entry into foster care.
    Drug Court (DC): Links non-violent offenders who have substance use disorders to outpatient and/or residential treatment intended to support a life free from substance use.
    Intensive Supervision Court (ISC): Provides high-risk high-needs probationers with a “last chance” at community supervision as an alternative to State prison.
    Juvenile Reentry Court (JRC): Enhances public safety and reduces recidivism of youth returning from long-term commitments by providing comprehensive case planning and aftercare services for high needs youth returning from out-of-home placement and Log Cabin Ranch.
    San Francisco Achievement Collaborative Team (SF-ACT): Supports youth in a school setting when delinquent behavior is connected to the ongoing use of substances; provides individual and family behavioral health services.
    Veterans Justice Court (VJC): Addresses the specialized needs of veterans facing criminal charges by providing the social service, educational and vocational support they need to lead productive and independent lives.
Find out more about our Collaborative Courts in San Francisco.


The Bureau of Justice Assistance and other funders strongly emphasize the use of substance abuse and mental health treatment practices that have a demonstrated evidence base and are appropriate for our target population. The San Francisco Superior Court developed standards for our programs to ensure that the Court is following many of the suggested practices.

Collaborative court schedules

Here is a schedule of the Collaborative Courts currently operating in San Francisco.  

Contact Us

Lisa Lightman, Director
San Francisco Collaborative Courts
Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco
400 McAllister St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 551-3983

San Francisco Collaborative Courts Newsletters and grants

Foundation Grants

2014, Doris Duke Foundation's Prevention and Family Recovery grant for familes in Dependency Drug Court ($225,000)

2013, Janssen, Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for housing stipends ($4,400)

2013, Janssen, Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for motivational incentives ($5,000)

2012, Janssen, Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for community stipends ($5,000)

2010 Margoes Foundation for services for Juvenile Wellness Court ($32,000)

2010 SF Foundation Grant for Drug Court Database ($20,000)

2009 Adobe Foundation Grant for Motivational Incentives Program ($10,000)

2009 Janssen, Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for Motivational Incentives Program ($5,000)

2009 SF Foundation Grant for Behavioral Health Court Database ($20,000)

2007 Margoes Foundation for Supported Employment Stipends ($22,000)

2007 SF Foundation Grant for Behavioral Health Court Database ($30,000)

Federal Grants

2012 BJA Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Award for Supportive Employment and Housing for BHC clients ($250,000)

2011 BJA Grant Award for Transitional Housing and Clinical Support for Drug Court ($200,000)

2010 SAMHSA Grant for Principal Center Collaborative ($975,000)

2010 Federal JAG Byrne Stimulus Funds for Adult/Juvenile Programs ($415,000)

2010 Cal EMA Grant for Parole Reentry Court ($1,315,961)

2009 OJJDP Grant for Dependency Drug Court ($499,953)

2009 BJA Grant Award for Transitional Housing for Drug Court ($190,000)

2008 BJA Grant award for the Community Justice Center ($350,000)

2008 Byrne Grant (congressionally mandated) for the Community Justice Center ($983,000)

2007 BJA Grant Award for Transitional Housing for the Drug Court ($195,000)

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