Behavioral Health Referrals
What is the history of the Behavioral Health Referral Program?
What is the goal of this program?
Too often, the jail is utilized as a homeless shelter or psychiatric hospital of "last resort." When mentally ill, non-violent, low-level offenders are moved out of jail and into the community mental health system, they receive the treatment they need, and jail space is made available for truly dangerous offenders.
What defendants are eligible for this program?
What is the Mental Health Court?
Many of the plea agreements require participation in the Third Circuit's award-winning Mental Health Court. Participants in this program work closely with case managers to make sure that medical treatment is coordinated with housing and employment assistance. Regular status conferences before Judge Timothy M. Kenny make up the Mental Health Court "docket".