What is IT Mental Health Court?,
Intensive Treatment Mental Health Court (IT Court) is a specialty court program established to improve the response to individuals with serious mental illnesses who have come into contact with the criminal justice system.
What are the goals of IT Mental Health Court?,
One of the major goals of IT Mental Health Court is to provide you with the help and services needed so that you won’t offend again. Some of the ways we do this is by:
- Linking offenders with serious mental illnesses to Community Mental Health services as quickly as possible.
- Developing an individualized treatment plans for each participant.
- Intensive supervision by the courts.
- Expectations for adherence to all conditions and requirements.
Who qualifies for IT Mental Health Court?,
In order to be considered for IT Court, you must be a Livingston County resident, not have committed an ineligible violent offense, and meet the clinical eligibility requirement. To be clinically eligible, you must have a severe and persistent mental illness.
What is the process for admission into IT Mental Health Court?,
Admission into IT Court is a legal process so please consult with your Defense Attorney. Your Defense Attorney will work with the Prosecutors Office to determine eligibility.
Your Defense Attorney will pick up an IT Court packet from the courtroom. You will consult with your Defense Attorney regarding the requirements and enter a plea for IT Court. Once the appropriate forms are filled out and returned to the Court, the IT Court Team will look at your case to determine if you will be admitted into the Program.
What do I do while the team is considering my admission between my plea to IT Mental Health Court and admission?,
You will be provided the information to get into contact with the IT Court Resource Coordinator to schedule a Program Orientation so that you can get more information about IT Court and can ask any questions you may have.
In addition, you will be given a referral form to complete your clinical eligibility assessment at Livingston County Community Mental Health.
Why would I want to participate in IT Mental Health Court?,
The IT Court team will help you to access supportive services for which you qualify. In addition, the required treatment is designed to help you achieve and maintain the stability of your mental illness. The goal is that you will continue to utilize these skills even after mental health court is completed so that you do not get arrested again!
Who are the members of the IT Mental Health Court Team?, Judge Suzanne Geddis
Prosecutors Office Representative
Paige Favio, Defense Attorney
Harry Posner, MDOC
Dorian Harrow, District Court Probation
Katie Petit, CMH Case Manager
Patricia Meyer, Treatment Provider
Mark Gibney, Peer Support Specialist
Deputy Christine Hur, Sheriff’s Office
Sara Applegate, Court Programs Liaison
Jessica Brzys, Resource Coordinator
When and where are IT Mental Health Court hearings held?,
Every Wednesday of every month, (except the 5th Wednesday) in Judge Geddis’s courtroom. On the 4th Wednesday of the Month, you are required to attend a NAMI meeting which occurs in Jury Room B from 10-11 a.m.
How long does the Program last?,
The length of the Program is based on each participant’s progress in identified problem areas as described in measurable terms on their individualized treatment plan. This typically takes between 18 months and 24 months, with the average time being approximately 18 months.
Will IT Mental Health Court help with housing and transportation issues?,
Yes. IT Court has a CMH Case Manager and a Resource Coordinator who works with each participant to assist them in meeting their
immediate needs such as housing, transportation, medical insurance, and any other needs.
How do I learn more about IT Mental Health Court?,
Contact Sara Applegate, Specialty Courts and Programs Administrator at (517) 540-7664,
email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.