Community Connections Mental Health Court

This collaborative project with the Hillsborough District Court, local police departments, corrections personnel, consumer advocates, prosecutors and public defenders offers an alternative to incarceration for non-violent offenders with mental health disorders. 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.

Studies have repeatedly shown that mental health court programs have been extremely effective in breaking the cycle of repeat criminal offenses by addressing the underlying causes that contribute to the negative behaviors.   In the period between 2010 and 2015, approximately 1,185 clients were served in the program, resulting in many successes.  The resulting recidivism rates are significantly lower than the national or statewide average.   In addition to the much-needed treatment for defendants with mental health challenges, the program results in substantially reduced costs for our communities. To date the  mental health court has saved the County over $2,000,000.

For more information about the Community Connections Mental Health Court project, please contact Mark Durso at (603) 402-1585.


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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