Oregon creates first mental health court

Oregon creates first mental health court


An Oregon county plans to operate the state’s first mental health court. Officials said the court would be based on a program in Seattle.

The Yamhill County Court will process purported mentally ill defendants accused of nonviolent, non drug-related misdemeanors and determine whether they should be assigned to a hospital or a jail.

Offenders must be nonviolent and stable enough to comply with program requirements and open to treatment and appropriate care.

The Yamhill court will have a single contact person to deal with questions, concerns or problems.

The local program is expected to cost about $150,000. About 75 percent of that funding will come from a federal grant.

The U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance provided the funding.

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