Mental Health Court

About
About
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​​​ Mental Health Court is a voluntary treatment based, diversionary court that serves defendants with mental illness or those who are developmentally disabled. This population is the most expensive housed in the jail due to costs of psychotropic medications. The primary goal of Mental Health Court is to provide defendants with the least restrictive treatment, training and support services necessary to reduce recidivism and ensure public safety
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Population Served
Population Served

Defendants arrested for a qualifying third degree felony and/or non-violent misdemeanor or criminal traffic offenses, with the exception of those charged with domestic violence, driving under the influence and sexual charges.

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Eligibility
Eligibility

This pretrial diversion option requires approval by the Office of the State Attorney prior to program participation. The prospective participant must have an Axis 1 mental health diagnosis or a developmental disability. Successful completion of the diversion option will result in the State’s dismissal of the charges filed against the individual.

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Services Provided
Services Provided

Case management, mental health treatment, referral to psychiatric services, substance abuse treatment, random drug testing and ongoing judicial review.

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Capacity
Capacity

​The capacity for the program is 35 participants. Mental Health Court may have a waiting list due to capacity limitations. Defendants can be placed on supervised release with conditions of mental health treatment pending acceptance into Mental Health Court in lieu of remaining in custody.

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Fees
Fees

​There are no fees for participants in Mental Health Court.

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Contact:

  • Frank Owens
  • Program Supervisor
  • 249 West University Ave (Rear)
  • Gainesville, FL 32602
  • Phone: 352-384-3199
  • TDD/TTY users, please call 711 (Florida Relay Service)

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