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Friday, March 18, 2016

Ind. Courts - More on "'Phase out' of Marion County mental health court concern to many"

Updating this ILB post from April 12, 2103, which reported (via Kara Kenney of WRTV 6) that:

The Marion County mental health court is being "phased out" of existence, said Chief Public Defender Bob Hill, concerning some who say the changes will end up costing taxpayers more in the long run.

"We really don't have a mental health court anymore," Hill said. "I'm concerned a lot of our clients probably aren't getting the attention and insight they should get."

Judge Barbara Collins previously presided over Court 8, or Mental Health Court, but retired at the end of 2012.

A mental health court helps mentally ill inmates with resources, counseling, medications and navigating their personal life.

"When Judge Collins retired, Court 8 started phasing out of existence," explained Hill. "Now I'm concerned we're not moving people with mental health issues through the system quickly enough." * * *

Judge Barbara Cook Crawford is leading a group of judges, attorneys and mental health providers who are working to come up with a solution.

A story from Indiana Public Media, dated March 16, 2016, reports:
Marion County created a mental-health court 14 months ago. It’s gotten the green light from the state to join Allen County as Indiana’s second permanent mental-health court.

Judge Barbara Crawford says it’s easier for the special court to monitor whether defendants who need help are getting it. * * *

The court’s certification from the Indiana Justice Center is provisional. If the court continues to show promise, the certification becomes permanent in September.

And an ILB post from Oct. 14, 2014, was headed "Monroe County's New mental health court starts next week."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 18, 2016 10:45 AM
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