Mental Health

Overview

Mental health courts link offenders who would ordinarily be prison-bound to long-term community-based treatment. They rely on thorough mental health assessments, individualized treatment plans and ongoing judicial monitoring to address both the mental health needs of offenders and public safety concerns of communities. New York's original mental health court is the Brooklyn Mental Health Court. Today there are hundreds of mental health courts across the country. And for adolescents charged with delinquency, the Center has created the Futures program, which brings key elements of mental health courts to delinquency court parts, providing mental health screening, assessment, intensive case management, and family support services.

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Video

BK Live: New NYC Program for Mentally Ill Inmates

BK Live: New NYC Program for Mentally Ill Inmates

Carol Fisler, the Center for Court Innovation’s director of mental health court programs, participates in a panel on the show "BK Live" on Brooklyn Independent Media.

 

Publications

Criminal Justice Interventions for Offenders with Mental Illness: Evaluation of Mental Health Courts in Bronx and Brooklyn, New York

Criminal Justice Interventions for Offenders with Mental Illness: Evaluation of Mental Health Courts in Bronx and Brooklyn, New York

This Urban Institute evaluation of two mental health courts in New York City finds that mental health court participants are significantly less likely to recidivate, as compared to similar offenders with mental illness who experience business-as-usual court processing.

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Brooklyn Mental Health Court: Linking Offenders to Treatment

Brooklyn Mental Health Court: Linking Offenders to Treatment

Judge Matthew D'Emic and others explain how the Brooklyn Mental Health Court links mentally-ill offenders to treatment and rigorously monitors compliance.

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Publications

What Makes A Court Problem-Solving: Universal Performance Indicators for Problem-Solving Justice

What Makes A Court Problem-Solving: Universal Performance Indicators for Problem-Solving Justice

By Adam Mansky, Rachel Porter and Michael Rempel

This report establishes a set of universal performance indicators against which to judge the success of specialized problem-solving courts.

Video

Why Procedural Justice Matters: Tom R. Tyler at Community Justice 2012

Publications

Evidence-Based Strategies for Working with Offenders

Evidence-Based Strategies for Working with Offenders

By Michael Rempel

This fact sheet distills a growing body of research about evidence-based strategies in five areas for reducing recidivism among criminal offenders: assessment, treatment, deterrence, procedural justice, and collaboration.

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