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Adult Mental Health Court
  • Mission: The First Judicial District Adult Mental Health Court (AMHC) promotes public safety by holding justice-involved individuals with serious and persistent mental illnesses accountable for their behavior while providing treatment and support through a team-based approach and frequent judicial monitoring.  We recognize every participant as an individual who must be treated with respect and dignity to promote positive and productive life changes.  We strive to identify and treat mental health and/or substance abuse issues that contribute to criminal justice involvement by coordinating and collaborating with community-based services and criminal justice agencies.

  • Goals

    • Increase public safety by reducing criminal recidivism.

    • Facilitate participants’ self-awareness and insight into physical and mental health.

    • Increase compliance with prescribed medications and treatment plans.

    • Improve access to mental health benefits and other needed services.

    • Increase social stability in the areas of housing, education, and employment.

    • Reduce economic impact to the criminal justice system and to the community due to untreated criminogenic mental health issues.

  • Target Population and Program Eligibility: The 1st Judicial District Adult Mental Health Court targets high risk, high need participants. These are person with persistent and serious mental health illness who are at high risk for engaging in criminal behavior due to their mental health illness. Participants must agree to participate in all referred treatments and discontinue all mood altering substances that are not prescribed by a physician and approved by the Adult Mental Health Court team. To be eligible for referral the offender must meet the following criteria:

  • Initial referral to AMHC must be based upon probation revocation or resentencing following a probation revocation

  • 18 years of age or older

  • Offense must have occurred in either Jefferson or Gilpin County

  • Documented diagnosis of serious and persistent mental health illness within the last six months.

  • Must be able to participate in all service and court appearances

  • Probation eligible

  • Entry Process:

  • AMHC screening may take place prior to resentencing if requested by judge, district attorney, defense attorney or probation officer.

  • Once referral packet is complete, AMHC specialist will initially screen referrals to ensure that referred individual meets minimum criteria.

  • If referred individual does not meet initial minimum criteria, probation supervisor will notify referring party.

  • If referred individual does meet initial minimum criteria, AMHC specialist will conduct an initial assessment. Probation Officer will complete AMHC screening forms.

  • If AHMC specialist find referred individual a candidate for AMHC, full assessment will be sent to screening committee

  • Screening committee will meet and decide whether referred individual is accepted into the program

  • AHMC specialist will notify the Court and referring party of the committee’s final decision.

  • If accepted into the program, the AMHC program will become one sentencing option for the Court at the time of sentencing. Acceptance into the program does not mean automatic sentence into the program.

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