Muskogee County District Court has announced they have launched a new mental health court program.
The Muskogee County District Court, in conjunction with the Muskogee County District Attorney’s Office, Green Country Behavioral Health Services, Inc., and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, has implemented a mental health court program to provide community-based supervision and treatment for people who have committed crimes in Muskogee County. The program, funded through the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, was made possible through legislation and appropriations that expanded the existing State Mental Health Court Program to Muskogee County.
Participation in the program is voluntary. Eligibility is initially determined by the District Attorney’s Office and is dependent on the type and severity of the crime. After initial eligibility is established, an assessment is conducted to determine if the individual has a serious mental health issue that could be safely treated in a community supervision setting. The program is at least 50 weeks in duration and completion of and graduation from the program is dependent on meeting individualized treatment goals.
This program will ensure those who commit crimes and have serious mental health issues receive needed treatment and supervision as well as coordinating to help meet other needs like housing and nutrition. The ultimate goal of the Mental Health Court Program is to prevent people with serious mental health issues from becoming involved again with the criminal justice system.
Questions about or referrals to the program can be made to the Honorable Robin W. Adair, Mental Health Court Program judge; Muskogee County District Attorney’s Office of Orvil Loge; Tom Martindale, Mental Health Court coordinator; or a representative of GCBHS.
“The utilization of this program will allow the participants of the program…to maximize their utility in life,” Robin Adair, Judge of the Mental Health Court Program, said. “At the same time it will afford society an extra degree of protection by enable us to offer more services to this very important critical need population.”