Bucks County has developed a mental health court that experts say can help reduce the time offenders with mental illness spend in jail, improve public safety by reducing recidivism and lead to quality of life improvements. Here are some resources that may be helpful for residents, attorneys and public safety officials.
Colin Jenei, Assistant District Attorney, 215-348-6121, [email protected]
MENTAL HEALTH COURT
The mission of the Bucks County Mental Health Court is to develop a partnership between the mental health and criminal justice systems. This partnership will address the specialized needs of individuals with serious mental illness diagnosis, thereby reducing recidivism rates, promoting public safety, and improving the quality of life for participants by establishing mandatory, comprehensive, community-based treatment and services within the guidelines of the Mental Health Court.
Report by Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law, “Improving Criminal Justice Outcomes through Mental Health Court Development,” June 2020.
Open Letter by District Attorney Matt Weintraub to President Judge Wallace H. Bateman about the importance of a Mental Health Court, Jan. 25, 2021.
Bucks County Network of Care: How to Get Services in Bucks County