Mental Health Courts
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Mental health courts are specialized, treatment-oriented, problem-solving courts that divert mentally ill offenders away from the criminal justice system and into court-mandated, community-based treatment programs.
Each of the mental health courts have specific medical and legal criteria that have to be met in order to qualify for participation in their courts.
To request a mental health court, talk to your attorney, if you have one. If you can’t afford an attorney, the judge will order that an attorney be assigned when you make your first court appearance. You may also tell the judge that you would like to have your case considered for mental health court. However, your attorney is the one who will have you sign the appropriate forms and will process the paperwork.
Local Mental Health Courts