Plan to expand mental health courts clears state House committee
September 12, 2013 | MPRN
People diagnosed with conditions like
severe depression and schizophrenia can avoid jail time and have certain
charges erased from public records. That’s if they participate in mental health
treatment programs under the supervision of a judge.
Representative Phil Cavanagh is the top Democrat on the committee that approved
“If we can get
assessment beforehand or keep them out of jail, it’s much more likely that the
state’s going to save money and we’re going to have productive citizens.”
State Court Administrator’s office says participants in Michigan’s mental
health courts are far less likely to re-offend than those in the traditional
criminal justice system.
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