The Court’s Role in Solving Mental Health Issues in the Criminal Justice System

The Court’s Role in Solving Mental Health Issues in the Criminal Justice System
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1Resources
Recorded January 27, 2015
Unit 1Slide Deck
Unit 2Video


Individuals with mental illness enter the criminal justice system on a repeat basis. What are courts doing to stop the cycle? Should courts get into the business of coordinating mental health treatment for those involved in the criminal justice system? The presenter in this webinar will discuss these questions in the context of the multitude of mental health court models in operation across the country. Mental health court models vary by the point of entry into the criminal justice system, the agencies invested in the program, and who the program serves. There is a trend across the nation that calls for mental health courts to demonstrate accountability and effectiveness. This webinar will discuss how states are responding to this call through efforts such as implementation of statewide standards and program evaluations to demonstrate effectiveness.


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