Mental Health Protocol (MHP)
This program is a collaborative effort between the Adult Probation Department, the Mental Health & Intellectual Disability Department and community outpatient providers. Outpatient facilities provide mental health screenings, assessments, case consultations, treatment and medication monitoring for clients that have been court ordered to participate in Mental Health Protocol. Compliance with a forensic mental health treatment plan is enforced as a condition of supervision.
Any client that has or is currently diagnosed with a Serious & Persistent Mental Illness, as defined by the DSM V (schizophrenia, bi-polar, major depression or borderline personality disorder), will be accepted into this program. Client’s that have experienced a serious break, regardless of diagnosis, will be screened for program appropriateness. If after a thorough assessment it is determined that the client is not appropriate, they will be reassigned to the appropriate unit within the Adult Probation Department.
Once a case has been assigned to Mental Health Protocol, a client can expect to be contacted by their supervising officer within 5-business days. A referral will be made to a community provider for intake and assessment. At the conclusion of the assessment, an appropriate treatment plan will be developed and enforced.
This supervision consists of three phases:
Phase 1 (Minimum of 12 weeks)
This phase is designed to provide close supervision to help the client comply with their treatment plan, medication regiment and to help secure or maintain stable housing.
Phase 2 (Minimum of 8 weeks)
This phase is designed to provide moderate supervision to help empower the client to become more self-sufficient and an active participant in their treatment plan and medication regiment.
Phase 3 (Minimum of 4 weeks)
This phase is designed to provide moderate supervision with an emphasis on self-sufficiency. The client will be expected to show compliance with their treatment plan, medication regiment and must maintain stable housing.