Mental Health Court

The Merrimack County-Concord District Court Mental Health Court in Merrimack County strives to reduce recidivism of offenders in the criminal justice system that have a mental illness. The Mental Health Court provides community protection with cost effective, integrated continuation of care through the development and utilization of community resources. The Mental Health Court holds people accountable and assists participants in achieving long term stability, becoming law abiding citizens, and successful family and community members

What is Mental Health Court?

MH 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.