The Washington County Rapid Fitness to Proceed Program is a collaborative team of professionals working to make the court fitness to proceed process as efficient as possible.  The goal is to shorten the amount of time defendants are housed at the jail pending fitness to proceed determinations. The program is a collaboration of the following Washington County stakeholders: The Sheriff’s Office, the defense bar, mental health services, the Circuit Court, and the DA’s Office.

In order to participate in this program, potential participants may fill out and submit this Rapid Fitness to Proceed Referral Form by email to

To learn more about this program, view this informational flyer.

Year One by the Numbers

We are pleased to report that year one of this program has been successful.

In the first year of the program, there were 32 successful fitness determinations. The median time to those determinations was just 15 days, down from 56 days under the state’s system. On average, this increased efficiency helped save 41 days of jail time served per defendant, leading to a total approximate savings of more than $288,000 to the taxpayer.

We’d like to thank all our partners who helped make this possible.