Mental Health Courts

Where Might We Go From Here?

Authored by: Richard D. Schneider

Handbook of Forensic Mental Health Services

Print publication date:  May  2017
Online publication date:  May  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138645943
eBook ISBN: 9781315627823
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Mental health courts (MHCs) have now been with us for close to 20 years and by now there have been several reviews of their operational varieties, efficacies, deficiencies, limitations, and cataloging of work that needs to be done (Cuddeback, Lowder, & Mayo, in press; Schneider, Crocker, & Leclair, 2016; Wasicek, 2012; Wren, 2010). Drawing on a recent review of the literature by myself and colleagues Anne Crocker and Marichelle Leclair at McGill University in Canada, this chapter will provide an overview of the development of mental health courts, followed by a discussion of what we might next do with what we have learned to date. I aim to answer the following questions with my review: Have we now completed something akin to a clinical trial as the term is known in the medical world? Is the ‘science’ developed in the MHCs now ready to be transported to the general criminal arena? Is it time to consider, given the multiplicity of challenges confronting the typical MHC client, changing the name of the court to something like “support court”?

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