Interdisciplinary Curriculum

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.

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 Justice Center with the support of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, it is the first single resource with the information teams need to translate current research on mental health courts into program design and operation.

Developing a Mental Health Court is useful for many practitioners, including:

  • Judges
  • Probation, pretrial, and law enforcement officers
  • Prosecutors and defense attorneys
  • Court managers
  • State judicial educators
  • Mental health and substance use treatment providers and administrators
  • Case managers
  • and many others!

The curriculum includes online presentations and quizzes, as well as live group activities. Its flexible components can be adapted for diverse audiences and training needs.

Be sure to visit the Using the Curriculum page first. Whether you’re using the curriculum or facilitating a training, this page will give you the information you need to get the most out of this curriculum.

An Introduction to the Curriculum


Take a Tour of the Curriculum


Contact Us


If you need assistance, please let us know how we can help by contacting our staff below, and we will respond as promptly as possible. And if you would like to share your experiences using the curriculum, please fill out our quick online survey!

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Hallie Fader-Towe
Program Director, Behavioral Health
Hallie Fader-Towe works with local and state policymakers to craft policies, processes, and programs that will work best for their jurisdictions. In her positions with The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center she has worked with jurisdictions around the
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country on collaborative, data-driven planning and implementation efforts to address criminal justice functions from initial detention through reentry, including a focus on individuals with mental illnesses. She has also managed the development of training materials on mental health courts and on judicial responses to the prevalence of individuals with mental illnesses involved with the criminal justice system. She has written on dispute systems design for state trial courts, pretrial responses to those with mental illnesses, information sharing between criminal justice and mental health systems, and mental health court design and implementation. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, she was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York. Hallie received a BA from Brown University and a JD from Harvard Law School.
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