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Alcovy Image 1Alcovy Mental Health Court

Judge: Samuel D. Ozburn

Coordinator: Amanda Lewis Day

Telephone: (678) 209-3618

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Website: www.alcovycircuit.com

 


The Alcovy Judicial Circuit includes Newton and Walton counties. Each county operates separately as a court. However, the members of the staff are the same for both courts. Each court came into existence on July 1, 2013. The courts serve adults charged with felonies or felony probation violations who live in Newton or Walton counties on a post adjudication basis and who have a diagnosed, severe, and persistent mental illness. The primary focus of the court is to help individuals learn how to live in a state of recovery, relating to both mental health and substance abuse, through various forms of treatment. The court aims to reduce recidivism, make the community safer, and reduce the burden on the local jail.

Alcovy Image 2The courts meet once a week: Wednesdays in Newton and Thursdays in Waltoon. Each week participants must complete all of the treatment scheduled for them, as well as any other requirements that may be in place (AA, community service, curfew, etc.). As necessary for a mental health court, the requirements are individualized based upon the needs of each participant. Clients who have completed all necessary requirements receive incentives by drawing a number out of a fish bowl. Prizes range from free fast food meals to electronics. The court also has a transportation grant that allows them to lease a van from a local car dealer and is able to pick up participants for treatment. Potential clients can be referred from any source (probation, new charges,, family members, etc.) and are evaluated by the team to determine if a person is appropriate for the program. The Newton County Community Partnership is the 501(c)(3) fiscal sponser for the Resource Court.

By statute, the "seven deadlies" are excluded, but the District Attorney's office also excludes the following: anything involving guns, possession with intent to distribute, sale of drugs, felony escape, residential burglary of a stranger, and any other sexual related offense. Mental health services are provided by an independent psychologist, Dr. Priscilla Faulkner, and her staff.