Community Connections Mental Health Court

This collaborative project with the Nashua District Court, local police departments, corrections personnel, consumer advocates, prosecutors and public defenders offers an alternative to incarceration for non-violent offenders with mental illness. The project offers an alternative to incarceration by providing recovery-based treatment to enhance the quality of the individual’s life, reduce recidivism and improve community safety.

The program has been highly successful enrolling 198 individuals since its inception, with only 5 individuals returned to the court for adjudication due to non-compliance with the terms of their program contract.

In addition to the much-needed treatment for defendants with mental illness, the program results in substantially reduced costs for the criminal justice system. In 2008, the estimated savings were over $174,000.

The program is currently being expanded to include children and adolescents with mental illness involved in the criminal justice system. Based upon local court and juvenile justice data, project staff anticipates serving 50 juveniles in the first year of its expansion.

For more information about the Community Connections Mental Health Court project, please contact Scott Brennan at (603) 305-9977.

Publications:

June 5, 2011 – Mental Health Court Project wins praise
April 27, 2011 – Mental Health Court worth the investment
April 25, 2011 – Decline in Hillsborough County inmate population linked to Mental Health Court
Aug. 9 – Mental Health Court making a difference
Aug. 5 – Despite success, court funding hard to find
Aug. 5 – Judge, others saw dire need for new system
Aug. 4 – Getting inmates needing therapy proper care tough, jail chief says
Aug. 4 – Legislature working on ways to deal when mentally ill, the law cross paths
Aug. 3 – Judge lends outlook on mental health to NH law enforcement
Aug. 3 – Nashua, Hudson police learning to detect signs of mental illness
Aug. 2 – Nashua’s mental health court give some another chance
Aug. 2 – Liaison make systems work together in mental health court