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Davidson County General Sessions Mental Health Court J ustice A. A. Birch Criminal Court Building Nashville, Tennessee PowerPoint Presentation
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Davidson County General Sessions Mental Health Court J ustice A. A. Birch Criminal Court Building Nashville, Tennessee

Davidson County General Sessions Mental Health Court J ustice A. A. Birch Criminal Court Building Nashville, Tennessee

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Davidson County General Sessions Mental Health Court J ustice A. A. Birch Criminal Court Building Nashville, Tennessee

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  1. Davidson County General SessionsMental Health CourtJustice A. A. Birch Criminal Court BuildingNashville, Tennessee

  2. HonorableDaniel B. EisensteinGeneral Sessions CourtJudge Division IIPresiding

  3. Cynthia Administrative Assistant Takisha Case Manager Steven Program Manager Tonia Case Manager Trish Case Manager Mental Health Court Staff

  4. Our History • July 2000 received four-year Edward Byrne Memorial Grant • Court Operational in January 2001 • Becoming the fifth Mental Health Court in the Nation • September 2004 incorporated into General Sessions Court yearly budget

  5. Our Mission • Identify individuals entering the criminal justice system who suffer from serious and persistent mental illness. • Develop effective intervention strategies by offering diversion, expedited case review and implement appropriate treatment strategies for diversion or probation.

  6. Program Description • Provide a single point of contact within the Criminal Justice System for defendants suffering from mental illness. • Address problems of criminal defendants who are mentally ill, developmentally disabled and dually diagnosed. • Alleviate over crowded conditions in the jail. • Decrease the length of incarceration for the mentally ill. • Review over 400 cases per year

  7. Courtroom Staff • Judge • Public Defender • District Attorney • Mental Health Specialist/Case Workers • Psychiatrist & Psychologist • Courtroom Security • Community Service Agency Representatives • Health Services Representatives

  8. Offense - Arrest Referrals made by Judge, Attorney, Family Member, Public Defender, District Attorney or Other Jail interview by Case Manager Defendant volunteers to participate in Program Defendant placed on MH court docket Case reviewed by Judge in court Treatment plan developed including physical examination One year intensive MH court supervision Graduation ceremony held after defendant successfully completes MH court supervision Procedure

  9. Mayor Karl DeanMental Health Court Graduation Ceremony

  10. Implemented January 2009 with a $635,000 Congressional Grant Serves dually diagnosed criminal defendants 90 day inpatient program at the Davidson County Drug Court facility followed by intensive outpatient supervision through the Mental Health Court Judge Seth Norman Presides over Drug Court Mental Health Court Davidson County Drug Court Collaboration

  11. Recidivism • Prior to Mental Health Court recidivism rate was 77% • After graduation from MH Court Program recidivism rate is less than 10%

  12. Our ParticipantsJune 2006 – June 2009 • Dual Diagnosis 83% • Schizophrenia 35% • Personality Disorder 36% • Bipolar Disorder 31% • Depression • 23% • Mental Retardation 11%

  13. Mental Health Court Program ResultsJune 2006 – June 2009 • 1300 referrals since 2006 • 650 entered program • 279 Graduated • 147 Currently Active as of June 2009 • 163 Terminated • 61 Other • Most participants have an average of 4 pending charges

  14. Bureau of Justice StatisticsSpecial ReportDecember 2006Mental Health Problems of Prison and Jail Inmates • 64% of local jail inmates reported symptoms of a mental disorder including depression, mania or a psychotic disorder within the previous 12 months

  15. Judge Daniel B. EisensteinGeneral Sessions Court, Division IIJustice A. A. Birch Building408 2nd Avenue NorthNashville, Tennessee 37219(615) 880-3360daneisenstein@jis.nashville.org