The Mental Health Court bridges two disciplines, criminal law and mental health treatment, in a judicially supervised coordinated systems approach that supports treatment services for mentally ill offenders. This therapeutic court approach seeks to protect public safety, break the cycle of repeated contact with the criminal justice system, and provide effective treatment options instead of the usual criminal sanctions for offenders with mental illness.
Improving access to appropriate services within the mental health system reduces the number of repetitive law enforcement contacts for individuals with mental illness, thus reducing the direct cost to the criminal justice system. The interdisciplinary court team includes representatives from the District Attorney and Public Defender’s offices, probation officers, and local community mental health providers. Special Judge Dawn Moody presides over court reviews.
Mental Health Court graduations are the last Thursday of January, April, July, and October. Location and time varies.
115 West 3rd, Suite 600 | Tulsa, OK 74103
The largest Mental Health Court in Oklahoma
Average of over 100 clients served at any one time over the past year
Keeping the mentally ill out of jail and prison
Helping our clients return to a healthy life
Decrease jail days for MHC participants
Decrease inpatient hospitalizations
Increase incentive/sanction ratio
Counseling and Recovery Services
Department of Corrections Supervision
Family and Children’s Services