Mental Health Court Program
The Mental Health Court is a State of Michigan initiative between the office of the court and community mental health. Detroit Central City is the community mental health provider agency in a collaboration that includes the Third Judicial Circuit Court, the prosecutor’s office, and the mental health division of the Wayne County Jail, the county of Wayne diversion services, the Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency, and others. It offers treatment options to the court by providing alternatives to prosecution. The goal of the Mental Health Court is reduce the recidivism rate of clients by providing intensive treatment to individuals who are identified as having multiple encounters with the criminal justice system which appear to be directly related to the symptoms of mental illness. The philosophy of the mental health court is that by providing the appropriate services in the community that are coordinated with the criminal justice system, an individual may more likely follow through with treatment recommendations.
The program starts with the identification of the consumer through the Wayne County Jail Diversion services and sentencing through the courts to the Mental Health Court. The consumer referred to the Mental Health Court must be 18 or older, a resident of Wayne County, diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness, be referred and accepted for treatment through the Wayne County Circuit Court, and have a non-violent criminal offense. The program is voluntary.
DCC provides clinical, peer specialist and case management services. The program is staffed by a Master’s level case manager, a bachelor level case manager and a peer specialist.