AOPC Accreditation

This project was initially considered in response to outreach by the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. The Commission was responding to concerns expressed by judges about the perception of leniency when sentencing data from a judge presiding over a problem solving court was reviewed “out of context.” That, in addition to the fact accreditation would provide a quality assurance mechanism for the Supreme Court, lead to development of this proposal which was approved by the Supreme Court in July, 2011.

The objective of the accreditation process is to assess a problem solving court’s adherence to the 10 Key Components of Drug Courts, which are the nationally recognized framework for program operation. Close adherence to these components has a direct correlation with program outcomes.

A committee co-chaired by the Karen Blackburn, AOPC Program Administrator and Mark Bergstrom, Executive Director of the Sentencing Commission, developed the proposal. Information on AOPC Accreditation can be found here.

The following counties have all had their respective problem solving courts Accredited by the AOPC:

Allegheny Adult Drug Court

Allegheny DUI Court

Blair County D.U.I.  Treatment Court

Bradford County Treatment Court

Butler County Drug Treatment Court

Cumberland County Drug/DUI Court

Erie County Drug Treatment Court

Lackawanna Adult Drug Court

Lancaster Treatment Court

Lebanon County DUI Court

Luzerne Adult Drug Court

Lycoming Adult Drug Court

Montgomery County Drug Treatment Court

Philadelphia County DUI Treatment Court

Potter County DUI Treatment Court

Snyder/Union DUI Treatment Court

Snyder/Union Adult Drug Court

York Adult Drug Court

York County D.U.I. Treatment Court

Warren County Treatment Court

Wyoming County Drug / DUI Court