Attorney Overview

The Springfield Specialty Court: Mental Health Session is a grant funded program designed for individuals who are competent to stand trial and have disposed of their criminal case by an admission to sufficient facts or guilty plea and have been placed on post-disposition probation. The Springfield Specialty Court: Mental Health Session is a court imposed condition of probation for defendants before the court who have serious mental illness or co-occurring mental health and alcohol/substance abuse issues.

This program is a special condition of post-disposition probation, and participants are required to actively and meaningfully participate in community based treatment for a minimum of 3 months in conjunction with regular reviews by the Specialty Court Team. Probationers agree to participate in aftercare treatment as well as follow-up interviews. This program provides individuals with an alternative to incarceration that would under normal circumstances be incurred. It also provides support for individuals placed on probation, who are at increased risk for violating the terms of probation. The Judge presiding over the Mental Health Session is the final decision maker.

Brief History

Mission Statement

Program Components

[This section and sub-sections also available for download:
Program Overview (PDF, 90KB)]

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