Mental Health Court Outcomes by Offense Type at Admission

  title={Mental Health Court Outcomes by Offense Type at Admission},
  author={Bradley Ray and Sheryl Pimlott Kubiak and Erin B. Comartin and Elizabeth Tillander},
  journal={Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research},
Using a statewide database of mental health court (MHC) defendants, this study examines criminal justice outcomes by target arrest offense type. Findings suggest that defendants with a felony are less likely to complete MHC but those who do are at no greater risk of recidivism post-exit than those with a misdemeanor. In terms of jail days, both completers and noncompleters with a felony had reductions in jail days; however, misdemeanor defendants, especially those who did not complete MHC, had… CONTINUE READING