Tuesday, February 19, 2008

$1.1M proposed for mental health court program

The Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency's overview of the Granholm administration's new budget notes a $1.1 million appropriation for a pilot mental health courts program.

The funding proposal may help move SB 199 and SB 200, which were introduced by Sen. Liz Brater (D-Ann Arbor) a year ago and sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where, so far, nothing has happened.

Michigan Senate Democrats describe the mental health courts program this way:

"Modeled after the successful Drug Courts system, Mental Health Courts would allow judges to direct people with mental illness charged with minor offenses to treatment rather than jail. As lawmakers strive to control Michigan's soaring corrections costs, this proposal will ensure the best use of limited resources and the most appropriate sentencing for offenders."
The bills are backed by, among others, Michigan Partners in Crisis, a broad coalition of judges, law enforcement officials and mental health care activists. The Lansing State Journal recently printed an overview story about the group and its efforts.

There is an overabundance of mentally ill people incarcerated in this state's many prisons. The prison system is ill-equipped to appropriately respond to them.

The mental health court legislation and the governor's funding proposal could be part of the cure.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mental health courts require collaboration and consideration from practitioners.it will occur in both the criminal justice and mental health fields.The mental health court reserves the right not to accept cases into its jurisdiction. it will occur when a person does not meet eligibility criteria.
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sabina

Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis

Anonymous said...

i think mentally ill prisoners should be kept in a well-equipped prison,government should provide good and hygienic food for them and also take care of them as they need a special care..
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Rony stephen

Addiction Recovery Michigan

jo said...

Mental Health Court is a pretrial diversion program based on the philosophy that a centralized mental health program that utilizes available community resources and support systems will increase the efficiency of the criminal court by creating an environment that is conducive to mental health treatment and wellnesst, while insuring the safety of the public at large.
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Brukewilliams
Louisiana Drug Addiction

dvd said...

The Main Place situated,"Your Recovery Center”. is a consumer-operated mental health recovery center that promotes recovery through peer support,socialization,education,and training. By working together consumers build better lives for themselves, gain employment, maintain independence and earn acceptance within their communities.
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dvd
Massachusetts Drug Addiction

maria said...

Mental health ambulatory services will be included in the adult co pays. Under the current program structure, the co pays will NOT apply to those less than 21 years.
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maria

Minnesota Drug Addiction

hesslei said...

Mental illness is an illness just like a physical illness. But instead of affecting a person’s body, it affects a person’s feelings and behavior and the organ that controls them, the brain. Mental disorders and mental health problems can affect people at any age. A physical illness might make it difficult to walk; a mental illness can make it difficult to maintain relationships with people or cope with life’s daily activities.


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hesslei....

North Carolina Drug Addiction

nzyme said...

In further refining and delivering quality forensic mental health services, we appreciate the level of support that we receive from the Department of Human Services. The range of initiatives that we have been able to develop and implement is testimony to the strength of our relationship with the Department, and in particular, staff of the Mental Health Branch.
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hennry
Oklahoma Drug Addiction

Anonymous said...

Mental Health Court is a pretrial diversion program based on the philosophy that a centralized mental health program that utilizes available community resources and support systems will increase the efficiency of the criminal court by creating an environment that is conducive to mental health treatment and wellnesst, while insuring the safety of the public at large.

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John

Virginia Drug Addiction

manoj said...

The New York Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection recently awarded $1.1 million in reimbursement to 33 law clients whose money had been dishonestly taken by their former attorneys. The 33 awards reimburse losses caused by 18 now disbarred and suspended lawyers. There are 189,000 registered lawyers in New York State. The New York Lawyers' Fund is a special trust financed by the state's legal profession.
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Dinesh

Louisiana Alcohol Addiction Treatment

williamrichard said...

Client Protection recently awarded $1.1 million in reimbursement to 33 law clients whose money had been dishonestly taken by their former attorneys. The 33 awards reimburse losses caused by 18 now disbarred and suspended lawyers.
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williamrichard

Massachusetts Alcohol Addiction Treatment