What is Mental Health Court in New Hampshire

icon-jury-boxThe Mental Health Court was developed by the Court, prosecutors, defense counsel, mental health
providers and the Merrimack County Department of Corrections in order to provide case disposition alternatives to individuals with mental illness and/or intellectual disabilities and substance abuse disorder who are involved in criminal matters.

It is an intensive and comprehensive court program which integrates treatment into the resolution
of the criminal case. The fundamental principle of the program is that people who engage in criminal behavior due to their mental illness should undergo appropriate treatment in order to modify their behavior and achieve recovery.

Jail alone as punishment has proven to be costly and ineffective for many individuals. Mental Health
Court holds its participants accountable for their behavior, provides them with support and assistance, and works collaboratively with service providers for quality care of that individual.
The Merrimack County / 6th Circuit-District Division-Concord Mental Health Court is funded
by a grant from the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance [BJA].