Byrne JAG funds were used in Mendocino County to develop a Behavioral Health Court (BHC) for adults in the criminal justice system. The goal of the BHC is to enhance public safety and reduce recidivism among criminal defendants with serious mental illnesses by connecting them to community treatment and ongoing court supervision. The BHC is a collaborative effort of the Ukiah and Fort Bragg Courts; the Mendocino County District Attorney’s and Public Defender’s Offices; the County Social Services Department; local law enforcement agencies; and other community organizations involved in behavioral health treatment and advocacy.
Mendocino County Behavioral Health Court
(News Article): Mendocino County Ten Mile Court creates new behavioral health program (Ukiah Daily Journal, 2015)
Mental Health; Mental Illness; Diversion; Courts; Judicial; Judiciary