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

2 Honorable Daniel B. Eisenstein General Sessions Court Judge Division II Presiding

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

4 Our History July 2000 received four-year Edward Byrne Memorial Grant July 2000 received four-year Edward Byrne Memorial Grant Court Operational in January 2001 Court Operational in January 2001 Becoming the fifth Mental Health Court in the Nation Becoming the fifth Mental Health Court in the Nation September 2004 incorporated into General Sessions Court yearly budget 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. 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. 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. 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. Address problems of criminal defendants who are mentally ill, developmentally disabled and dually diagnosed. Alleviate over crowded conditions in the jail. Alleviate over crowded conditions in the jail. Decrease the length of incarceration for the mentally ill. Decrease the length of incarceration for the mentally ill. Review over 400 cases per year Review over 400 cases per year

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

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

9 Mayor Karl Dean Mental Health Court Graduation Ceremony

10 Mental Health Court Davidson County Drug Court Collaboration Implemented January 2009 with a $635,000 Congressional Grant Implemented January 2009 with a $635,000 Congressional Grant Serves dually diagnosed criminal defendants 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 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 Judge Seth Norman Presides over Drug Court

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

12 Our Participants June 2006 – June 2009 Dual Diagnosis 83% Dual Diagnosis 83% Schizophrenia 35% Schizophrenia 35% Personality Disorder 36% Personality Disorder 36% Bipolar Disorder 31% Bipolar Disorder 31% Depression Depression 23% 23% Mental Retardation Mental Retardation11%

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

14 Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report December 2006 Mental 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 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. Eisenstein General Sessions Court, Division II Justice A. A. Birch Building 408 2 nd Avenue North Nashville, Tennessee 37219 (615) 880-3360 daneisenstein@jis.nashville.org daneisenstein@jis.nashville.org


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