Local Specialty Courts Included In Grant Funding

Two specialty courts in Livingston County were among those in Michigan receiving grants included among more than $6 million in funding.

The Michigan Supreme Court announced last week that nearly $5.2 has been awarded to fund the operation of more than 40 mental health courts in Fiscal Year 2020, while another $900,000 has been awarded to 25 courts statewide to fund the operation of veterans’ treatment court programs. Among the recipients for those grants is the 53rd District Court in Howell, which operates both an Intensive Treatment Mental Health Court and Veterans Treatment Court. Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Clement serves as the liaison to problem-solving courts in the state and says the funding will help Michigan, “maintain its national leadership in addressing how the criminal justice system addresses the challenge of residents with mental health issues.” Justice Clement says through structured treatment and supervision, these “life-changing” treatment courts, “ensure that individuals who are struggling with mental illness have access to the help they need to take care of themselves and their families.”

A 2018 report found that unemployment among adult mental health court graduates was cut by more than half, while the veterans treatment courts, “promote sobriety, recovery, and stability through a coordinated response that involves collaboration with a variety of traditional partners found in drug courts and mental health courts, as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs, volunteer veteran mentors, and organizations that support veterans and veterans’ families.” (JK)

Pictured is a 2017 53rd District Court Veterans Treatment Court graduation.

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