This evaluation draws on data collected through interviews with facility administrators, correctional officers, program staff and volunteers, and focus groups with inmates housed in the FCBIs.
This study examined rearrest and linkage to mental health services among 368 misdemeanants with severe and persistent mental illness who were served by the Clark County Mental Health Court (MHC).
Mental health courts successfully divert defendants into treatment. However, few studies have examined whether this increased access to services positively affects client outcomes. This study compared changes in symptoms in a sample of defendants in Broward County mental health court with such changes in a comparison sample of defendants in a regular court.
Mental health courts have developed as one response to persons with mental illness who are involved with the criminal justice system. This study investigated the efficiency and safety goals of one such court in Broward County, FL.
This article describes Florida’s Broward County Mental health court, the first mental Health Court in the United States, and reports on preliminary findings of an evaluation of that court being conducted by the authors.
The creation of mental health courts has emerged as a strategy to address the impact of persons with mental illness in the criminal justice system by consolidating the management of certain types of cases into a single court. This article describes an evaluation of the nation's first such court, the Broward County Mental Health Court.
Description of mental health court process and outcomes and pathways into treatment and mental health service utilization.
An examination of defendants’ subjective experiences in terms of perceived coercion, procedural justice, and the emotional impact of mental health court involvement which have become important concerns in their own right as well as factors that may ultimately mediate other outcomes.
News and Notes in Psychiatric Services on mental health courts.
The present study reports data on the referral and disposition decision-making processes of seven mental health courts. Information on all referrals to the seven courts over a three-month period was gathered. The goal of this paper is to advance the knowledge base that can inform communities searching for alternatives to the unnecessary incarceration of people with serious mental illness. The present study was designed to examine the referral and disposition decision-making processes of mental health courts (MHCs).
This paper is intended to advance the state of knowledge concerning MHCs in two ways.
Firstly, findings are summarized from separate acceptability and effectiveness evaluations conducted at the request of the respective governing bodies of two MHCs in Seattle, WA. These evaluations combined process evaluation methods, such as interviews and surveys of key informants and surveys of stakeholders, with quantitative analyses of early data related to reincarceration, time spent in detention, and linkage/engagement with mental health services as a result of MHC participation. Secondly, by comparing and contrasting evaluations from two courts sharing a fairly uniform set of contextual factors, the study seeks to further set the stage for future research into the effect of such factors on MHC acceptability, organizational structure,
functioning, and effectiveness.