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COLLIER COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH COURT PROGRAM:

Welcome to the Collier County Mental Health Court Website for the Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Florida.

TABLE OF CONTENTS - COLLIER COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH COURT PROGRAM


What is Mental Health Court?

Defendants who plea into Mental Health Court (MHC) are placed on a period of probation, a requirement of which is compliance with a highly structured, court-based treatment program lasting an average of 12 months. One condition of each Participant's probation is a requirement that they be evaluated for treatment, and then follow all treatment recommendations. Participants attend MHC regularly, where their progress in treatment is discussed with the entire MHC Team, including the Judge. A Participant's successful completion of the program and all probation terms may lead to reduction or even dismissal of their charges. Entry into the program is voluntary, but once accepted, compliance is required.

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Program Objectives


Refer a Defendant to Mental Health Court

To refer a defendant to Mental Health Court please click the link below and complete the referral form. All referrals must be completely filled out. Be sure you have all the relevant information before submitting a referral and be specific.


View the Collier Treatment Court Referral Form Collier Treatment Court Referral Form (Online)

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How it Works

  1. Referrals may come from anyone - the Judge, the State Attorney, the Defense Attorney, a Probation Officer, the Arresting Officer, Jail Staff, a pastor or counselor, a treatment provider, a family member or employer, or the defendant himself/herself.
  2. Once identified, the Defendant is screened by a mental health specialist to determine if they are clinically appropriate for the program.
  3. If clinically appropriate, the State Attorney determines whether the Defendant is legally appropriate for an opportunity in MHC, and if so, under what terms.
  4. Once approved, the Defendant, the Defendant's attorney and State Attorney all sign a contract agreeing to the specific conditions of the Defendant's opportunity in MHC.
  5. Upon signing the contract, the Defendant enters a plea/admission according to the terms negotiated between the State Attorney and the Defendant's attorney.
  6. Participants are required to submit to appropriate evaluations for treatment and to follow all treatment recommendations, in addition to any other probation terms.
  7. Each Participant's progress is monitored and discussed weekly by the MHC Team in conjunction with the Participant's regular appearances in court.
  8. The Team has discretion to award incentives for progress, and to impose sanctions for infractions. Serious infractions may result in a Violation of Probation and/or termination from MHC.

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Who is Eligible?

Program Completion

Upon completion of all terms of the MHC Program, the Participant will graduate from MHC and the balance of his/her probation will convert to regular reporting probation. Upon completion of all probation terms, the Participant may be granted an early termination of probation, and in some cases (according to the terms of the individual's MHC Contract) felony adjudication may be avoided and/or some or all charges may be dropped.

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Contact Information

Should you have additional questions after reviewing all items on this website (including downloads in the upper right corner), please contact Katie Burrows at (239) 263-4013 x 7125 or katieb@dlcmhc.com.

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