Sometimes people with serious mental illnesses or addiction issues use poor judgment and find themselves facing legal charges. Has this happened to you or a member of your family? At Charlotte Behavioral Health Care, we believe that many individuals who have made serious mistakes can be safely diverted from the jail system into treatment. This can often save thousands of taxpayer dollars and allow you to get the help you truly need.
Court services involve close collaboration between the criminal justice and mental health and substance abuse treatment systems — systems that truly want everyone to succeed. Programs involve intensive treatment and community supervision. People who participate 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.
Click here for our Mental Health Court Handbook
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.
Click here for our Drug Court Handbook
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.
If you or a family member may be able to benefit from one of these programs, please contact us now or request these programs from the court. These creative alternatives to jail time allow individuals who have made mistakes to change their ways and get their lives back on track.
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“This program is exactly what I need to help me find the tools to improve the quality of my life, mental health and relationships.”