Tarrant County currently offers eight unique specialty programs. It is the mission of these programs to divert defendants from traditional judicial avenues through counseling, mentorship, or providing the opportunity to correct a one-time mistake. Below you will find a brief explanation or mission statement of the programs offered and their contact information. You can also visit the main specialty programs webpage if you would like to learn more.
First Offender Drug Program (FODP): You must complete an application within 90 days of your case filing
The First Offender Drug Program is a limited-supervision program for first-time drug offenders that would be considered a “self-corrector.” For more information call 817-884-2618. To visit the program website, click here.
Domestic Violence Diversion Program:
The Domestic Violence Diversion Program, which targets domestic violence, or violence between intimate partners. Selected defendants charged with family violence in Tarrant County Criminal Court No. 5 are placed into the pre-trial diversion court which monitors the defendant’s progress in a non-adversarial manner, and is in lieu of traditional case processing. To visit the program website, click here.
Youthful Offender Diversion Alternative Program (YODA):
YODA is an alternative to standard pre-trial diversion programs for family assaults presented in Criminal Court No. 5. This program provides counseling and case management to youthful offenders aged 17-25, who have been arrested for assault against a non-intimate family member. For questions about admittance into the program, please call 817-884-2647. To visit the program website, click here.
Other Behavioral Intervention with Assault Non-family (OBI WAN) Program:
OBI WAN is an extension of the YODA program for defendants with simple assault cases involving persons who are not family members up to the age of 25. For more information call 817-884-2647. To visit the program website, click here.
Veterans Court Diversion Program:
Our mission is to successfully divert Justice Involved Veteran (JIV) from the traditional criminal justice system and provide them with the tools they need to lead a productive and law-abiding lifestyle. For more information, please call 817-884-3225. To visit the program website, click here.
Mental Health Court Diversion Program:
The mission of the Mental Health Court Diversion Program is to identify mentally impaired offenders, to expedite them through the criminal justice system. For more information call 817-884-1774. To visit the program website, click here.
Reaching Independence through Self-Empowerment Program (RISE):
The vision of the RISE program is that every woman reaches her full potential and lives a healthy, productive, drug free and non-criminal lifestyle. For more information call 817-531-5605. To visit the program website, click here.
Felony Alcohol Intervention Program (FAIP):
The Tarrant County Felony Alcohol Intervention Program (FAIP) is a post adjudication program for the high-risk repeat DWI offender. FAIP provides consistent and lengthy structure allowing the offender to benefit from the treatment experience. For more information call 817-884-2449. To visit the program website, click here.