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Mental Health Courts

Mental Health Courts require collaboration and consideration from practitioners in both the criminal justice and mental health fields. Mental Health Courts typically involve judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and other court personnel. The courts generally deal with nonviolent offenders who have been diagnosed with a mental illness or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. The goal of a Mental Health Courts is to decrease the frequency of clients' contacts with the criminal justice system by providing courts with resources to improve clients' social functioning and link them to employment, housing, treatment, and support services.

For more information on Mental Health Courts, please contact Jackie Rendo at (801) 323-9900 or jackie@namiut.org

For a copy of Jackie's Presentation about Mental Health Court from the 2012 NAMI Utah State Conference click HERE.

Justice, Treatment and Cost--An evaluation on the fiscal cost of mental health court

Utah Mental Health Courts and Contact Information

Cache County Mental Health Court

Judge Kevin K. Allen

Bear River Mental Health Mental Health Court Case Manager: Scott Steinmetz
Mental Health Court Administrative Supervisor: Dennis Kirkman

Weber County Mental Health Court

Judge Noel S. Hyde
Case Manager: Danelle Zuech; 801-395-1151 or Roxanne 801-395-1100
Weber Human Services Clinical Evaluator: Klay Reeder 801-625-3729

Davis County Mental Health Court

Judge Glenn Dawson
Coordinator: Suzanne Canning 801-451-4302

Salt Lake County Mental Health Court

Judge Judith Atherton; Judge Ann Boyden
Case Manager: Glen McDonald; 801-595-4034
Public Defender's Office: 801-532-5444

Utah County Mental Health Court

4th District Court: Judge Samuel McVey
Provo City Justice Court: Judge Vernon Romney
Orem City Justice Court: Judge Reed Parking
Wasatch Mental Health Case Manager: Brian Butler; 801-373-7394

Washington County Mental Health Court

Judge James Shumate (until 12/31/12)
Judge John Walton (beginning 1/1/13)
Team Manager: Carol Camacho; 435-986-5707
Southwest Behavioral Health Case Manager: Shari Lindsey; 435-634-5600

Federal Mental Health Court

U.S. District Court, District of Utah
Judge Brooke C. Wells

Juvenile Mental Health Courts

Cache Valley

Logan: Judge Larry E. Jones
Coordinator: Alissa Weller 435-750-1296

Box Elder County:

Judge Larry E. Jones
Coordinator: Alissa Weller; 435-750-1296

3rd District Court-Salt Lake County:

Coordination of Care Court (C3)
Judge C. Dane Nolan
C3 Program Coordinator: Scott Curry, Senior Probation Officer; 801-238-5399

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