Mental Health Specialized Supervision

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Mental Court Protocol


This program is a collaborative effort among Adult Probation, the MHMR Board and the Base Service Units to provide mental health screenings, case consultation, intensive supervision, treatment and medication monitoring for those clients who are court-ordered to participate in the Mental Health Protocol. Compliance with the forensic mental health treatment plan is enforced as a condition of probation/parole.

Eligibility


Generally, all individuals that are currently involved in the mental health system, or have had previous mental health treatment are considered for acceptance into this program. Court ordered offenders are evaluated for appropriateness to be supervised under the Mental Health Protocol. If, after a thorough assessment process, it is determined that the offender is not appropriate for this protocol, the offender will be re-assigned to the appropriate unit within the Adult Probation Department.

Supervision Requirements


The Mental Health Probation Officer Specialist will have personal contact with the mental health offender within seven working days of case assignment. A referral will then be made to Human Services, Inc. for an intake interview and assessment to determine an appropriate treatment plan.

This program consists of 3 phases:



Phase One (Minimum 12 Weeks)


  • One personal contact per week
  • One collateral contact per week
  • Maintain stable residence
  • Comply with treatment plan
  • Take medication as prescribed. 
The supervision level may be moved to the next phase with supervisory approval.

Phase 2 (Minimum 8 Weeks)


  • Two personal contacts per month
  • Two collateral contacts per month
  • Maintain stable residence
  • Comply with treatment plan
  • Take medication as prescribed

Phase 3 (Minimum 4 Weeks)


  • One personal contact per month
  • One collateral contact per month
  • Maintain stable residence
  • Compliance with treatment plan
  • Taeke medication as prescribed.


Mental Health Court


Mental Health Court is a joint effort between the Chester County Department of Mental Health and the County Criminal Justice System to address the needs of individuals with serious and chronic mental illness. Participants are offered a treatment-based sentence, which utilizes judicial oversight as a component of the program. Mental Health Court coordinates an array of services designed to address the many needs of this population.

Eligibility


An individual who:
  • Has a diagnosis of mental illness, mental disability or dual diagnosis with mental illness and substance abuse;
  • Is currently charged with committing a misdemeanor and/or felony in Chester County
  • Agrees to comply with Mental Health Court requirements

Case Processing


Staff screen individuals for eligibility and, if eligible, develop an initial service plan. The individual may be released on bail under court supervision to begin treatment in the community.  Mental Health Court decides if the case is legally and clinically eligible. With the advice of counsel, the individual voluntarily decides whether to participate.

Case Disposition


A case may be disposed of by pre-plea diversion, post-plea diversion or a probationary sentence. The individual appears before the Treatment Court Judge for disposition and entry into the program.The individual must agree to comply with a comprehensive service plan as a condition of participation and supervision.  Mental Health Court assigns a Probation Officer and Case Manager to closely supervise the individual and report progress to the Judge. The individual attends Reinforcement Hearings before the Judge at 30, 60 or 90-day intervals depending on progress. Negative Reinforcement Hearings are scheduled promptly if the individual violates conditions or fails to follow their service plan. Individualized and graduated incentives and sanctions are used to reward positive behavior and to promptly address negative behavior.

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