The Springfield Specialty Court: Mental Health Session is a court imposed condition of probation for defendants before the court who have serious mental health issues or co-occurring mental health and alcohol/substance abuse issues.
The goals of the program are to:
- Divert offenders with mental illness from incarceration and into community treatment.
- Assist offenders with mental illness in maintaining treatment, housing, benefits & community support services.
- Reduce repeated criminal activity by offenders with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse problems.
- Support effective communication between the criminal justice and mental health systems.
- Enhance public safety.
Recovery with Justice is a collaborative effort of:
Springfield District Court Judiciary
Department of Mental Health
District Attorney’s Office
Public Defender’s Office
The Hampden County Sheriff’s Department
Hampden County Bar Advocates
Springfield District Court Probation Department
Forensic Mental Health Services of BHN
Funding for the Recovery with Justice Program is provided by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health