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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