Mental Health Courts Performance Measures
Court-based problem-solving initiatives seek to address the growing number of mentally ill defendants that have entered the criminal justice system by focusing on the immediate pressures that have led to the development of the mental health court strategy, as well as the challenging applications for this therapeutically oriented judicial approach.
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During an advisory council meeting on September 14 and 15, 2009, a select group of approximately a dozen mental health court experts and project staff from the National Center for State Courts worked together to produce a set of performance measures designed specifically for Mental Health Courts (MHCs).
This report presents a context for models of communication, discusses the culture and decision making, and recommends best practices for mental health courts. An executive summary is also available.
A review of state legislation dealing with mental health courts.
This article analyzes the historical and legal ground work of the mental health courts (therapeutic justice and drug treatment courts) as well as addresses the challenges of working with the mentally disabled before and after court proceedings. The article also "reviews studies of MHC operations and effectiveness and suggests future directions for MHCs."