Mental Health Court

Healing Wellness Courts aims to promote holistic healing, recovery, and overall wellness for participants by providing them with comprehensive support and access to treatment services. Here are some key features and components of Healing Wellness Courts:


  1. Holistic Approach: Healing Wellness Courts adopt a holistic approach to address the complex needs of participants. They recognize that behavioral health issues often underlie criminal behavior and aim to provide comprehensive treatment and support services to promote healing, recovery, and overall well-being.
  2. Collaborative Team: Healing Wellness Courts operate with a multidisciplinary team that includes judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, treatment providers, probation officers, and other relevant professionals. The team works collaboratively to assess participants’ needs, develop individualized treatment plans, monitor progress, and make decisions regarding rewards and sanctions based on compliance with program requirements.
  3. Specialized Treatment Services: Healing Wellness Courts provide access to specialized treatment services that address participants’ behavioral health needs. These services may include mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), trauma-informed therapy, support groups, and other evidence-based interventions. The treatment plans are tailored to meet the specific needs of each participant.
  4. Regular Court Review Hearings: Similar to other specialty courts, Healing Wellness Courts hold regular court review hearings to monitor participants’ progress. The judge reviews treatment compliance, overall well-being, and other program requirements during these hearings. The judge provides guidance, support, and accountability and may adjust the treatment plan or impose sanctions for non-compliance. Rewards, such as reduced charges or extended privileges, may be offered to incentivize positive behavior and progress.
  5. Supportive Services: Healing Wellness Courts provide participants with a range of supportive services to address various needs. These services may include case management, housing assistance, employment support, educational opportunities, life skills training, peer support, and assistance accessing community resources. The goal is to create a supportive environment that fosters personal growth and successful reintegration into the community.
  6. Family and Community Involvement: Healing Wellness Courts recognize the importance of family and community support in recovery. They may involve family members in therapy sessions, provide education on supporting their loved one’s recovery, and engage community resources to provide a network of support for participants. By involving the family and community, Healing Wellness Courts create a strong support system for participants’ healing and well-being.
  7. Trauma-Informed Approach: Healing Wellness Courts take a trauma-informed approach, recognizing that many individuals involved in the criminal justice system have experienced trauma. They provide trauma-informed services and interventions that promote healing and resilience while taking into account the impact of trauma on participants’ lives.
  8. Data Collection and Program Evaluation: Healing Wellness Courts prioritize data collection and program evaluation to assess their effectiveness and make informed decisions for program improvement. This includes tracking participant outcomes, treatment completion rates, recidivism rates, and other relevant data. Evaluations help inform evidence-based practices and identify areas for enhancement.


Healing Wellness Courts offer an alternative approach to traditional criminal justice processes by focusing on addressing behavioral health issues and promoting healing and recovery. By providing comprehensive treatment, support services, and a collaborative team approach, Healing Wellness Courts aim to improve participants’ well-being, reduce recidivism rates, and support their successful reintegration into the community.