Mental Health Specialized Supervision

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. Each court ordered offender is 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 the Mental Health 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 a personal contact with the mental health offender within 7 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)


It requirements include 1 personal contact per week, 1 collateral contact per week, maintain stable residence, comply with treatment plan, and taking medication as prescribed. The supervision level may be moved to the next phase with supervisory approval.

Phase 2 (Minimum 8 Weeks)


It requirements include 2 personal contacts per month, 2 collateral contacts per month, maintain stable residence, comply with treatment plan, and taking medication as prescribed.

Phase 3 (Minimum 4 Weeks)


It requirements include 1 personal contact per month, 1 collateral contact per month, maintain stable residence, compliance with treatment plan, and taking 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.  The MHC coordinates an array of services designed to address the many needs of this population.

Eligibility

An indiviudal who:
  • Has a diagnosis of mental illness, mental disability or is dually diagnosed with a mental illness and substance abuse;
  • Is currently charged with committing a misdemeanor and/or felony in Chester County
  • Agrees to comply with MHC program requirements

MHC Case Processing

MHC 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.  The MHC decides if the case is legally and clinically eligible.  With the advice of counsel, the individual voluntarily decides whether to participate in MHC.

MHC 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 MHC. The indiviudal must agree to comply with a comprehensive service plan as a condition of MHC participation and supervision.  MHC 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 MHC Judge at 30, 60 or 90 day intervals depending on progress. Negative Reinforcement Hearings are scheduled promptly if the individual violates conditions of MHC 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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