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Chester County Press

A look at data from the Pa. Mental health courts

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Pennsylvania Courts released an infographic highlighting data from the state’s mental health courts.

In 2022, 64 percent of all discharged participants graduated successfully from these treatment programs and among those graduates, there was a 116 percent increase in employment.

Mental health courts link key justice system officials with leaders in the mental health system to divert offenders with severe mental illness into a judicially-supervised program. These courts provide a team of court staff and mental health professionals that work together to screen and assess defendants, develop treatment plans and supervise offenders. Mental health courts offer defendants the opportunity to avoid incarceration through the completion of a rigorous program that requires compliance with community supervision and mandated treatment.