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Webinar: Mental Health Cases II - Crisis and Opportunity for State and Local Trial Courts


Join NCSC and the National Association of Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers (NAPCO) for the second in a three-part mental health series that takes a closer look at how the nation’s mental health crisis is impacting courts and ways court leaders can respond.

The second installment, Mental Health Cases II: Crisis and Opportunity for State and Local Trial Courts, will be a deep dive into the current state and local trial court landscape involving litigants with mental illness and substance abuse, often co-occurring, and sometimes generically labeled “behavioral health disorders.” A panel of judicial experts with “hands-on” experience will explore programs and techniques that have proven successful (and unsuccessful) in addressing mental health cases. Topics will include resource allocation, options for individuals with behavior or substance abuse problems who don’t qualify for treatment courts, and effective ways to help defendants with violent felony backgrounds.

The first installment, Mental Health Cases: Crisis and Opportunity for State and Local Trial Courts, is available on demand.

Future sessions include:

  • August 22 – In-person workshop at the 2023 NAPCO Conference in Boston. Overview of the findings and recommendations from the National Judicial Task Force to Examine State Courts’ Response to Mental Illness. Faculty will discuss strategies, action plans, and techniques that court leaders and leadership teams can employ to improve mental health proceedings and case outcomes in criminal, civil, family, and juvenile adjudications. Presenters will also share ways to spark and lead systemwide coordination efforts by using a “sequential intercept model.”


  • Hon. Paula M. Carey (ret.), Former Chief Justice, Massachusetts Trial Court


  • Hon. James Bianco, Mental Health Court, Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County
  • Hon. Nan Waller, Mental Health Court Judge; Former Presiding Judge, Circuit Court of Oregon, Multnomah County
  • Barbara B. Marcille, Trial Court Administrator, Circuit Court of Oregon, Multnomah County
  • John A. Bello, Principal Court Management Consultant, National Center for State Courts; Former Massachusetts Trial Court Administrator

Register today.

Contact Nikiesha Cosby for more information.