Mental Health Court (MHC)
Chester County Mental Health Court provides treatment, support and stability to justice involved individuals who struggle with Serious & Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI). The Mental Health Court Court utilizes a collaborative and problem-solving approach by connecting individuals to community treatment providers and additional resources. By identifying and targeting participants’ needs, the Mental Health Court promotes self-sufficiency and enhances public safety. Additional information can be found in our handbook which is linked below.
- Mental Health Court Referral Form - Electronic - Paper
- Mental Health Court Brochure
- Mental Health Court Handbook (subject to change)
The applicant must be a resident of Chester County and be diagnosed with a Serious & Persistent Mental Illness as defined by the DSM V (I.e., schizophrenia, Bi-Polar, Major Depression, Borderline personality disorder). The applicant must be charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense in Chester County, and they must voluntarily agree to comply with program requirements.
The client, or a person acting on behalf of the client, must make application to the program (See application link above). An assessment will be scheduled and completed with the applicant by the MHC assessor. The assessor will determine if the applicant meets clinical eligibility. If clinically eligible, the District Attorney’s Office will determine legal eligibility. Provided both eligibility standards are met, the applicant, with advice from their attorney, must voluntarily agree to participate in the program.
Mental Health has two supervision tracks: pretrial diversion or post-conviction. In general, the pretrial diversion track is generally 1-2 years in length, whereas the post-conviction track is generally 2-3 years in length.