The 29th District Mental Health Treatment Court continues to intrigue me, and so many questions remain unanswered. I was supplied the Policies and Procedures Manual as a more in-depth view of the court.
35 pages later, I had a new prospective and appreciation of the court and the mental health professionals that have committed to making the Mental Health Treatment Court a success.
This court provides defendants with an alternative to involvement in the criminal justice system, reducing incarcerations and improving public safety by more effective sentencing and monitoring. The court utilizes a team approach to address the participant’s needs through mental health and/or substance abuse treatment, medication, and intensive judicial supervision. Case management includes development of treatment plans and links participants to services such as vocational skills, education, housing, employment, or other assistance needed to decrease barriers that may prevent a participant from being successful.
Wow, that’s a lot of information, but that leads me to why I am here – housing. Stable housing is one of the keys to success in this program. Housing is a basic need that vulnerable individuals struggle with. It is a vital component to a participant’s ability to graduate from this one year program.
The gaps are starting to close, as my original questions have been answered, only to be replaced by new ones …