Mental Health Court

Providing Mentally Ill Offenders the Treatment They Need to Live Productive Lives

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.

News & Highlights

On Jan. 27 and Apr. 28, Tulsa COURTS program had 75 and 79 program graduates respectively – the largest graduating class the program has seen since its inception in 2001. A total of 15 graduates represented the Mental Health docket at January and April’s graduation ceremonies. Congratulations Graduates! 
In 2016, 55 graduates received their completion certificates from the minimum-13-month-program that includes intensive mental health treatment, court appearances and regular drug testing. 
 In December 2016, the Tulsa COURTS Program and our partner agencies hosted a Winter Bash for all current participants, their families, and our program alumni. Food, activities, games, and half-hour drawings made it a memorable, celebratory event that was conducted in a safe and sober way.
In November 2016, CSC’s Tulsa COURTS Team members stood in the shoes of our program participants to learn what it takes for them to meet our requirements, in that many rely on the Tulsa Transit system to get to treatment, court, the lab, and supervision appointments. Team members took public transit to these locations, and debriefed afterward on the experience, leading to new ways to support participants in navigating the transit system, and creating a a deeper understanding of the realities that our participants face daily.
In November 2016, Tulsa COURTS Program initiated a Perishable Food Distribution Day for program participants to receive a free bag of fruit, vegetables and bread. This service is now offered twice a month.
In 2015, Judge Dawn Moody and the Tulsa Mental Health Court team were awarded the designation “Outstanding Reduction in Participant Inpatient Hospitalization Days” at a state conference

Graduation Dates

Mental Health Court graduations are the last Thursday of January, April, July, and October. Location and time varies.  

To change one’s nature, disposition,
heart or sense of self

Our Impact At-A-Glance >

For More Information

Tammy Westcott, COURTS Program Director

This initiative aligns with CSC’s overall strategic plan.  Learn More

Our Location 

115 West 3rd, Suite 600  |  Tulsa, OK 74103 

Our Work

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

Current Priorities

Decrease jail days for MHC participants
Decrease inpatient hospitalizations
Increase incentive/sanction ratio


Our Partners

Counseling and Recovery Services
Court Services
Department of Corrections Supervision
Family and Children’s Services
OU Impact

Improving Oklahomans’ Lives Through Research, Planning & Action