The Cook County Felony Mental Health Court is a two-year voluntary probation program that was first implemented in May 2004. Before the program received grant funding, there were a limited number of participants whose probation could be addressed. Recent grant submissions allowed the program to expand from 25 participants to 75 current participants.
The mental health branch of the specialty courts assists individuals arrested for nonviolent, nonsexual felonies who have some level of mental health issues and problems with alcohol or other drugs.
The Mental Health Court Team consists of:
- Circuit Court of Cook County
- Circuit Court of Cook County Adult Probation Department’s Mental Health Probation Unit Cermak Mental Health Services
- Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
- Cook County Public Defender’s Office
- Chicago Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team
- TASC, Inc. (Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities)
- Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health (DMH) and Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (DASA)
- National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMAI) of Greater Chicago
- 708 Boards (Oak Park Township and Proviso)
- Other Affiliated Providers