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Forsyth Image 2Forsyth County Mental Health Court C.A.R.E. Program

Judge: Leslie C. Abernathy-Maddox

Coordinator: Carol Simpson

Telephone: (678) 513-5928

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 The Forsyth County Mental Health Court C.A.R.E. Program began in March of 2014 and is offeres to people with documented history of severe and persistent mental illness whose legal charges are related to their mental illness. Participants can enter the program on a pre or post adjudication basis. Entry into the program is voluntary in nature and can result in the reduction or dismissal of charges or fines based upon the agreement entering into the court program. Many participants are dully diagnosed with substance abuse disorder. The program, which lasts a minimum of 24 months, aims to increase its participant's ability to live and work in the community as a productive member of society by providing job assistance and training, helping the participants with stable housing, and ensuring ongoing treatment and aftercare.

TForsyth Image 1he program's first goal is to reduce the amount of time an individual spends in jail by a) identifying eligible participants early and b) completing the evaluation process in a timely fashion. Additionally, the program aims to reduce recidivism by early intervention and linkage to services including mental health needs, medical needs, dental needs, and vocational needs, along with educating individuals and assisting with skill-building. Mental health dervices are provided by Avita Community Partners.

The court meets twice permonth. The participants have weekly requirements including individual and group counseling, random drug and alcohol screens, and community support meetings. (Pictured right: Judge Abernathy-Maddox)