Providing zealous, effective, ethical representation

to indigent people accused of crimes.

 

 

 

 

Henry County Image 2Henry County Resource Court

Judge: William Bartles

Coordinator: Craig Ogilvie

Telephone: (770) 288-6223

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 The Henry County Resource Court began in March 2009, and it is more than just an Accountability Court. It is an opportunity for those experiencing mental illness to take back some control over their lives and learn how to cope as productive citizens.

The mission of the Henry County Resource Court is to provide alternatives to incarceration for citizens who are involved in the criminal justice system as a result of their mental health or drug abuse problems. The goal of the program is to decrease the criminalization of participants through early and ongoing identification and treatment, thereby reducing recidivism, assisting participants to become productive members of the community, and enhancing public safety.

Henry County Image 1Participants are put through a rigorous program that includes intensive counseling. 12-step meetings, case management, visits from the Sheriff's Department, drug screenings, and weekly court sessions with Judge William Bartles. There are also four phases of the program, which can take between 12 to 24 months to successfully complete.

Inorder to qualify for the court, a person must be an adult (18+) with misdemeanor or felony charges and live in Henry County. The program is post-adjudication, and referrals can come from jail staff, probation staff, defense attorneys, and family members. The participant must have a diagnosis of persistent mental illness (Axis II disorders) and may have co-occurring substance abuse problems. Mental Health services are provided by McIntosh Trail.