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Troup County Mental Health Court

Judge: Quillian Baldwin

Coordinator: Tiffany Hutchinson

Telephone: (706) 298-3613

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Website: www.troupcountyga.org/accountability_courts.html

 


The Troup County Mental Health Court began in January, 2013 and serves adults with either felony or misdemeanor charges (nonviolent crimes) who are mentally ill.  The program is for individuals with “high criminogenic risk factors,” which means without treatment, without constant supervision and structure, and/or without taking medications as prescribed, there is a high likelihood that the offender will be arrested again.  The crime has to be somehow related to the individual’s mental health disorder.  The Court aims to help the participant address and treat their mental illness which will result in an improved quality of life for both the offender and his or her family, having an additional result of a reduction of crime, jail enrollments and hospitalizations.

Each potential participant is reviewed on an individual basis for eligibility. Participants in Mental Health Court must reside in Troup County or surrounding areas in the state of Georgia; must be charged with a crime in Troup County, or be on probation in Troup County; must be diagnosed with a serious mental illness; and the criminal charges must be related to the participant’s mental illness. Referrals may be submitted by anyone, and the ADA determines whether or not the referred person qualifies based on his criminal history.  Some offenses that are automatically excluded are murder, armed robbery, rape, aggravated sodomy, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated child molestation, or child molestation.

troup county 2Court is held biweekly, and the Mental Health Court team meets before every court to discuss all cases.  Every week, participants are required to attend all scheduled counseling/group appointments. Check-in with the coordinator at least one time per week, and a minimum of two drug screens per week.  Participants who are dually diagnosed with substance abuse issues may have additional requirements related to addiction.  Mental health services are provided by Pathways.