Problem Solving Courts
Seeking Behavioral Health Providers
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is currently working with the Bannock County Mental Health Court to evaluate behavioral health providers who may be interested in providing services to that court under state contract. Interested parties should contact Tim Thompson with any questions:
Tim Thompson, East Hub Manager
Department of Health and Welfare
- Wood Court
- Felony Drug/DUI Court
- Family Treatment Court
- Juvenile Drug Court
- Mental Health Court
- Veterans Treatment Court
- Bear Lake County Drug Court
- Caribou Drug Court
- Franklin Drug Court
- Oneida Drug Court
- Power County Drug Court
Counties of Bannock, Bear Lake, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, and Power
The goals of Problem-Solving Courts are to reduce the overcrowding of jails and prisons, to reduce alcohol and drug abuse and dependency among criminal and juvenile offenders, to hold offenders accountable, to reduce recidivism, and to promote effective interactions and use of resources among the courts, justice system personnel and community agencies.
Problem-Solving Courts divert non-violent, substance-abusing offenders from prison and jail into treatment. By increasing direct supervision of offenders, coordinating public resources, and expediting case processing. Problem-Solving Courts can help break the cycle of criminal behavior, alcohol and drug use, and incarceration.
To download the Problem-Solving Court Application Packet, CLICK HERE
Why Treatment Courts Are Necessary
All fifty State Supreme Court Justices agree: Drug Courts are “the most effective strategy for reducing drug abuse and criminal recidivism.” – Conference of Chief Justices/State Court Admin. 2004
“The most rigorous and conservative scientific “meta-analyses” have all concluded that Drug Courts significantly reduce crime as much as 45 percent more than other sentencing options.” – nadcp.org
“Family re-unification rates are 50% higher for Family Drug Court participants.” – nadcp.org
“Drug Courts are six times more likely to keep offenders in treatment long enough for them to get better.” – nadcp.org
“80% of offenders abuse alcohol or other drugs, 50% of jail and prison inmates are clinically addicted, and 60% of individuals arrested for most types of crimes test positive for illicit drugs at arrest.” – nadcp.org
“Drug Courts produce cost savings ranging from $3,000 to $13,000 per client. These cost savings reflect reduced prison costs, reduced revolving-door arrests and trials, and reduced victimization.” – nadcp.org
“Since 2004, the number of veterans being treated for mental illness and substance-use disorders has increased by 38%. It is estimated that out of the over 2.4 million veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, approximately 460,000 (20%) suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or major depression.” – justiceforvets.org
The goal of the Bannock County Mental Health Court (BCMHC) is to improve mental health, promote self sufficiency, reduce recidivism, and offer cost effective alternatives to incarceration and hospitalization for participants. The BCMHC provides community protection with an integrated continuum of care through the development and utilization of community resources. The BCMHC holds defendants accountable and assists offenders to achieve long-term stability, become law-abiding citizens, and become successful family/community members.
About Bannock County Mental Health Court
The Bannock County Mental Health Court program is a voluntary post-conviction program for offenders who are mentally ill and have not been successful in their compliance with treatment. The four-phase program consists of intensive supervision of clients by a mental health professional, frequent appearances before the BCMHC judge, mandatory mental health counseling, regular attendance at cognitive change classes, and mental health substance treatment and substance abuse testing.
To be eligible to participate in the BCMHC program, you must:
- Have the capacity to manage the structure of BCMHC: You must be able to read, write & understand information given to you.
- Must be eligible for ACT Team services: You must be diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorders, severe mood disorders, psychotic disorders, delusional disorders, and/or borderline personality disorder and demonstrate 2 or more functional limitations. Candidates will be screened for Mental Health eligibility by ACT Team staff and exception may be made on a case by case basis.
- Have a criminal history and be identified as having mental illness for which treatment attempts have been unsuccessful.
You will be excluded from applying for the BCMHC program if you are a “violent offender.” A “violent offender” is a person who is currently charged with or has been convicted of an offense, during the course of which offense or conduct:
- The person carried, possessed or used a firearm or dangerous weapon;
- There occurred the death of, or serious bodily injury to any person;
- There occurred the use of force against the person of another, without regard to whether any of the circumstances described in sub-paragraph (a) or (b) is an element of the offense or conduct of which or for which the person is charged or convicted; or
- Have one or more prior convictions for a felony crime of violence involving the use or attempted use of force against a person with the intent to cause death or serious bodily harm.
You will be excluded from applying for the BCMHC program if: You are currently charged with, have plead guilty to or been found guilty of a felony in which you committed, attempted to commit, conspired to commit, or intended to commit a sex offense.
Ph: 208-945-2208 Ext. 1414
Ph: 208-852-0877 Ext. 25
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