Mental health court tries to help break the cycle

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A new mental health court has opened in Snohomish County to help find solutions for people living with mental illness who are caught in the criminal justice system.

The Daily Herald (http://is.gd/ccRB5K ) reports the court is designed to solve issues that can't be easily addressed in a traditional court.

So far, two people have opted into the program. A third person is in the early stages. The program could eventually manage 20 cases.

The pilot project is funded from a portion of a sales tax specifically collected to pay for services for those in the community living with a mental illness and those with substance abuse problems.

These cases would have been in the court system anyway, but are now being diverted to the mental health court in hopes of providing long-term solutions.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com

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