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What lessons can we learn from established mental health courts?

To facilitate peer-to-peer assistance among mental health courts, BJA has established a network of five designated mental health court "learning sites:" Akron Municipal (Ohio), Bonneville County (Idaho), Bronx County (New York), Dougherty Superior (Georgia), and Washoe County (Nevada). In 2015, the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center will identify a new group of mental health court programs to join the BJA mental health court learning site initiative. These sites represent a diversity of regions, populations, perspectives, and court models. These courts have opened their doors to assisting other jurisdictions through conversations and site visits.

To learn more about the Mental Health Learning Sites Program coordinated by the CSG Justice Center, contact Emily Harris. The Justice Center has also published Mental Health Courts: A Guide to Research-Informed Policy and Practice, which adapts available research and experience from the field on mental health court design, function, and outcomes. The Guide features discussions of a number of practical issues confronting the field, including issues of competency and target population changes for mental health courts.

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