What is Mental Health Court?
|The Mental Health Court was developed in order to provide sentencing alternatives to individuals with mental illness who are involved in criminal matters. It is an intensive and comprehensive court program which integrates treatment into the resolution of the criminal case. The fundamental principle of the program is that people who engage in criminal behavior due to their mental illness should undergo appropriate treatment in order to modify their behavior and achieve recovery. Mental Health Court holds its participants accountable for their behavior, provides them with support and assistance, and works collaboratively with service providers for quality care of that individual.