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Mental Health Court

The Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice

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Pennsylvania's First Re-Entry Mental Health Court

Honorable Jeffrey P. Minehart Supervising Judge

LOCATION

Mental Health Court is in session every Thursday in the
The Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice
Courtroom 905
1301 Filbert Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(Unless Otherwise Noted)

NEWS

The First Judicial District Mental Health Court Will host its Annual Goal Achievement Ceremony for participants on Thursday, September 19, 2013 10:00am Courtroom 304 The Justice Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Crlininal Justice 1301 Filbert Street - Philadelphia, PA 19107. Click here for more details.

PROGRAM MISSION

Mental Health CourtThe First Judicial District Mental Health Court (FJDMHC) provides an alternative to incarceration for non-violent offenders with mental illness and co-occurring disorders by preparing individuals for re-entry into more effective treatment modalities in supervised community settings. The FJDMHC aims to reduce the jail population and criminal justice costs by balancing justice, treatment, and public safety.

PROGRAM GOALS

  • To facilitate the re-entry of offenders with mental illness from incarceration into supervised community treatment settings.
  • To provide treatment, housing, benefits, and community support services for defendants with mental illness.
  • To reduce recidivism by defendants with mental illness.
  • To support effective communication between the criminal justice and mental health systems.
  • To preserve public safety.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Defendant is currently serving and/ or awaiting sentencing on a felony case.
  • Defendant is charged with non-violent offenses.
  • Defendant meets the medical necessity criteria for Intensive Case Management services.
  • Defendant is a Philadelphia County resident.
  • Defendant is Medicaid eligible.
  • Defendant must have at least 12 months of court supervision remaining.
  • Defendant is willing to comply with court supervision through the Department of Behavioral Health and Mental Retardation Services Targeted Case Management Unit (DBH/MRS TCMU).
  • Participants must follow any rules the court may impose.

INFORMATION

For further information on the Mental Health Court please contact:

Patricia Wilson
Mental Health Court Coordinator
Court of Common Pleas
First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
The Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice
1301 Filbert Street, 206 E
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Telephone (215) 683-7018
Fax (215) 683-7510
MHC@courts.phila.gov

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