Providing zealous, effective, ethical representation

to indigent people accused of crimes.

 

 

 

 

Dawson Hall image 2Dawson & Hall County H.E.L.P. Program

Judge: Kathlene Gosselin

Clinical Coordinator: Jason Bennett, LCSW

Telephone: (770) 531-7173

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 The H.E.L.P. Program (Health, Empowerment, Linkage, Possibilities) is Dawson and Hall County's mental health court. Hall County's program was one of the first mental health courts in Georgia, and it began in September of 2004. Dawson County's program began in February of 2013. Both programs are identical and are 18 to 24 months in duration. They both consist of five phases, as well. It is the mission of the program to provide alternatives to incarceration for defendants who are involved in the criminal justice system as a result of their mental health issues. They accomplish this by linking those individuals to local, community-based treatment resources with the goals of reducing recidivism and helping participants become stable, productive members of society.

Dawson Hall Image 1In January of 2014, a Veterans Track was added to the H.E.L.P. Program. The goal of this specialty track is to link military veterans involved with the criminal justice system and who experience mental health issues to appropriate services through the Department of Veterans Affairs and monitor compliance with these services.

The courts aim to provide participants with timely assessment by a licensed mental health professional, case disposition, intensive case management services to stabilize and engage participants in long-term community-based mental health treatment, and referrals to other services, such as employment and housing.

Participants are required to pay $40 permonth for the cost of their drug screens. The remainder of the services are free of charge. Prior to admission in the program, potential participants are required to observe court sessions inorder to give them an idea of what the program requires and how the program works. Participants can enter the program on a pre or post adjudication status. Contact Jason Bennett at the number and email listed above for an application for the program.