The GAINS Center has developed a comprehensive database that identifies existing mental health courts in the United States.
Mental health courts for adults and juveniles work with people with mental illnesses who are involved in the justice system. These courts connect people to effective treatment and support after they undergo screening and assessments. Adult and juvenile mental health courts have some similarities, but juvenile mental health courts focus on treatment and rehabilitation, and help divert youth from detention facilities to common-based services. More specifically, juvenile mental health courts address issues such as involving families and schools in treatment.
The GAINS Center has compiled databases of all adult and juvenile mental health treatment courts. The databases contain:
- The location of each mental health court
- The year the court was established
- Target participants (e.g., people who have been charged with a felony, misdemeanor, or violent or nonviolent crime)
- Approximate annual enrollments (or total enrollments)
- Contact information