Developing Program Phases in a Mental Health Court

Hosted by The Council of State Governments Justice Center, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance

Many mental health courts structure their programs in phases with different levels of supervision tied to demonstrated successes and progress toward program completion. As jurisdictions refine their practices within mental health courts they often seek additional information on using a phased approach as a way to structure program participation. How are program phases created? What makes them effective? How many program phases should a mental health court have?

This webinar focusses on answering these questions and others. Speakers from the Mental Health Court Learning Site in Bonneville, Idaho—District 7 Mental Health Court Coordinator Eric Olson and Norma Jaeger, the Idaho Supreme Court’s former director of problem-solving courts and community sentences alternatives—discuss their experiences with developing phases in mental health court programs.

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