Sometimes individuals with serious mental illnesses or addiction issues use poor judgment and find themselves facing legal charges. At CBHC, we believe that some of these individuals can be safely diverted from the jail system into treatment. This diversion into treatment can often save thousands of taxpayer dollars and allow individuals to get the help they truly need. Court services involves close collaboration between the criminal justice and mental health/substance abuse treatment systems, who are together invested in the individuals’ success in the community. Both programs involve intensive treatment and community supervision, and individuals are held accountable for their behavior in an immediate, practical, and supportive way.
Mental Health Court – An individualized, intensive treatment program for consumers with serious mental illnesses with qualifying offenses, both misdemeanors and felonies. It lasts approximately 6-18 months, depending on the individuals’ needs.
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Drug Court - An intensive substance abuse program for consumers with non-violent criminal drug charges. It lasts approximately 12 months and involves supervision by DOC Probation and intensive treatment. Treatment expectations include therapy (at least 4 times a week), involvement in 12 step recovery programs, weekly drug screens, and weekly court appearances.
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Reentry Case Management Services - An intensive case management model which supports successful community reentry for individuals with mental health diagnosis or co-occurring disorders. A skilled case manager provides assistance and linkages to housing, benefits, transportation, and treatment services.
Juvenile Drug Court-The primary goal of Charlotte County Juvenile Drug Court (JDC) Program is to provide intensive substance abuse treatment to arrested substance abusing juveniles and in turn reduce recidivism. The JDC Program is a voluntary court supervised comprehensive rehabilitation treatment program for nonviolent defendants and their families. The goals of this program are for the adolescent to begin a drug-free lifestyle; reach sobriety; improve family communications; and successfully complete all program requirements. The Juvenile Drug Court Program Team is comprised of the Judge and members from the State Attorney Office, Juvenile Probation Office, Court Administration, Charlotte County School District, and Charlotte Behavioral Health Care.
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