Marinette County’s drug court has already proved instrumental in lowering the recidivism rate at the local jail, but a new program aims to assist a different type of inmate. Friday, Judge Jim Morrison explained to the county’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee that efforts are underway to establish a mental health court.
Morrison says the intent of mental health court would be to provide treatment to those in the jail system that need it and monitor them following release to ensure they continue to take the medication prescribed to them. He says initially program coordinators feared there would be a lack of resources available locally to serve the all the potential participants, but using technology, they no longer have to rely solely on local providers.
If launched, the Marinette County mental health court would be just the sixth in the state. Startup costs are estimated to be around 63-thousand dollars. The next steps are to establish a formal program proposal and budget and present both to the county’s Health and Human Services committee.