York County operates four specialized treatment, or diversionary, courts. The goal of these programs is to help defendants stay out of the criminal justice system by addressing underlying causes of criminal behavior. They also save taxpayer money by keeping offenders out of York County Prison. This program was established in May to address defendants with mental health issues. People with mental illness are at increased risk for contact with law enforcement due to increased risks for homelessness, lack of service availability in the community and inability to access entitlements in a timely fashion. This program focuses on addiction that leads individuals to commit the crime of DUI.
The overall mission of Delaware County Adult Probation and Parole Services is to ensure that the community is protected and that all defendants are held accountable to comply with the terms of any sentence imposed by the Court of Common Pleas. Delaware County Adult Probation and Parole Services supervises, counsels, and refers to treatment those adults or court-certified juveniles sentenced to county probation, parole, Intermediate Punishment or those placed on the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program ARD. Under the auspices of the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas, Adult Probation and Parole Services conducts pre-sentence investigations, pre-parole planning and intake interviews, supervises the collection of all fees and restitution, monitors community service compliance, offers specialized units of supervision, conducts in-office appointments, administers drug and alcohol testing, conducts home compliance checks and issues bench warrants and detainers as required.