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Mental Health Court Participation
At the time that client enters MHC defense counsel will review the terms
and conditions of participation with client. Client must sign the Consent
for the Release of Confidential Information, Stipulation and Order to
Participate in Mental Health Court. Signed and completed documents must
be on file with the court in order for client to participate in the MHC
Mental Health Court
During client's observation of the court docket, the court will explain
the program and answer any questions or concerns expressed by the client.
After client enters the program, the client must meet with his/her attorney
and MHC Treatment Team to review program expectations, including court
appearances, treatment requirements, drug testing locations and schedules
(if required), and rewards and sanctions.
The client must sign and execute a stipulation as to facts as indicated
in the police reports and/or affidavit of probable cause. S/he will be
advised that the stipulation will be admitted as evidence of the crime
if s/he fails to successfully complete the MHC Program and is terminated.
Client waives speedy trial, waives jury trial, stipulates to the facts
in the police report, and case is continued for up to two years without
finding of guilt.
All persons participating in MHC will have an individual case management
plan, also known as the treatment plan. Members of the MHC Team will be
provided with each client's treatment plan. Modifications to each person's
plan may be made at the discretion of the MHC Team in consultation with
MHC Treatment Team.
Incentives will be tailored to each client and reflect their changing
needs as they progress through the program. Incentives may include assistance
finding services, positive encouragement from the MHC Team, reduced court
appearances, avoidance of jail time, graduation certificates and other
tokens of success.
Prior to imposition of a sanction, the cause of non-compliance will be
carefully considered to be sure clients are being held accountable for
issues within their capacity. Consequences may include judicial reprimands,
increased frequency of treatment sessions or contact with treatment provider,
increased court appearances, community service, electronic monitoring,
curfew, and incarceration.
Progressing Through Treatment
MHC consists of phases that include judicial oversight, individual treatment
requirements, possible drug testing, and rewards and sanctions. Phases
are designed to build upon the skills acquired in the previous phase,
allowing the clients to effectively manage their mental illness (and substance
abuse, where applicable) and fostering stable, independent living. As
a person moves through the phases of the program, they are evaluated and
promoted based on successful completion of each phase
Because all treatment
plans are individualized, the requirements may vary. This is a general
guideline and is subject to modification by the MHC Treatment Team and