The purpose of Mental Health Court is to refer and monitor appropriate therapeutic interventions for defendants who have severe and persistent mental health illnesses. Participants receive six to 12 months of mental health treatment. They must be realistically treatable within the mental health system and currently engaged in or willing to become engaged in outpatient mental health services. Every participant’s treatment looks a little different based on their needs.
- Charged with violations that carry possible jail time.
- Minor traffic violations are not generally accepted into Mental Health Court.
- Must have a qualifying diagnosis. Common diagnoses include:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Schizoaffective Disorder
- Appear in court as directed
- No new charges
- No drugs or alcohol
- Medication compliance
- Attend all recommended mental health treatment appointments (psychiatrist, therapy, groups, substance abuse treatment, case manager, etc.)