Why All Rise

All Rise is a promise that all people will be treated with dignity and humanity by a system where accountability and compassion coexist.

“All Rise.” Most people are familiar with the two words that begin every court session. But what if All Rise meant something more?

What if All Rise is a promise that all people will be treated with dignity and humanity by a system that measures success by the number of lives saved, families reunited, and communities made safer?

This vision of All Rise is not aspirational. For 30 years, we have helped jurisdictions across the country ensure substance use and mental health disorders are addressed in treatment courts that promote treatment and recovery for our most vulnerable.

We are All Rise

Our Divisions

Over the last three decades, our division-led training and resources have reached 800,000 public health and public safety professionals.

Justice Reform

We believe that the justice system can and must offer alternatives to incarceration that reduce the negative impact of justice involvement and provide pathways to hope and healing.

All Rise works across all intercept points to identify, incubate, and implement evidence-based and promising programs that promote treatment and recovery.


Substance use and mental health disorders are primary drivers of justice involvement. We believe that there are opportunities at every intercept point to connect individuals with the evidence-based treatment that’s right for them.

To do this, All Rise bridges the gap between the justice and public health systems and provides training, technical assistance, and resources to ensure that treatment and recovery support are available throughout the system, including FDA-approved medications for addiction treatment.


Recovery occurs when an individual experiences a process of change that includes improved health and wellness, living a self-directed life, and striving to reach their full potential.

We understand recovery is not a single event but an ongoing process of change. We help individuals and communities build positive recovery capital with a focus on family, financial stability, housing, problem solving, health and wellness, prosocial activities, and transportation.

Treatment Courts

Treatment courts are the most successful justice intervention for individuals with substance use and mental health disorders.

We ensure treatment courts maintain this success and follow best practices through robust training and technical assistance.

Equity and Inclusion

Justice reform must examine disparities and inequities throughout the justice system, including treatment courts.

All Rise specifically targets program eligibility, retention, clinical assessment, treatment, and other areas where disparities can undermine outcomes.



An estimated 85% of the U.S. prison population meet the criteria for substance use disorder or became justice involved for a crime involving drugs or drug use.

The largest and most comprehensive study on adult drug courts found increases in employment, education, family functioning, and financial stability and reductions in crime of up to 58%.


Approximately half of the youth in the juvenile justice system have problems related to alcohol or drugs.

Collaboration and coordination among judges, juvenile probation officers, court personnel, attorneys, treatment professionals, school representatives, family members, and other community partners can ensure justice-involved adolescents reach adulthood safely and remain free of further justice involvement.


60-80% of substantiated child abuse and neglect cases involve a custodial parent or guardian with a substance use disorder.

Family treatment courts exist to reconnect families impacted by substance use disorder and are among the most effective programs for improving substance use treatment initiation and completion in child welfare populations.

Tribal Communities

Tribal communities suffer disproportionate impacts from substance use and mental health disorders and continue to face barriers to accessing evidence-based treatment.

Tribal healing to wellness courts provide an opportunity for Native communities to address the devastation of addiction and mental health disorders through a collaborative, culturally competent system of supervision, treatment services, team-based case management, and community support and restoration.


Untreated substance use and mental health disorders remain primary drivers of veterans’ involvement in the justice system.

By transforming the way the justice system identifies, assesses, and responds to veterans and connecting local, state, and federal veteran resources, we can keep veterans in their communities where they belong and receiving the treatment and benefits they have earned.

Impaired Drivers

Impaired driving remains one of the greatest threats to public safety in the United States.

Evidence-based responses to impaired driving that combine treatment with accountability and structure have been found to reduce impaired driving by up to 60%, making our roadways and communities safer.

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