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What resources are available to help our community plan a mental health court or improve/expand upon an existing mental health court?

Developing a Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum is a free online multimedia curriculum for individuals and teams seeking to start, maintain, or just learn about mental health courts. Developed by the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center with the support of BJA, it is the first single resource with the information teams need to translate current research on mental health courts into program design and operation.

Other resources dedicated to the planning and implementation of mental health court programs include, The Guide to Mental Health Court Design and Implementation which describes different steps planners will encounter when launching a mental health court and addresses issues such as determining whether a mental health court is the most appropriate court-based program for a jurisdiction, selecting a screening mechanism for potential court participants, and sustaining a court's operation. The Essential Elements of a Mental Health Court builds upon the Guide by describing ten features—identified by leading experts and informed by hundreds of practitioners—as critical to establishing and sustaining a mental health court. See the Mental Health section of the CSG Justice Center site for resources that are responsive to needs expressed by practitioners.

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