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Court Leader's Advantage

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Coming innovations, thought-provoking trends, questions that matter to the court community, these and more themes are covered by the Court Leader’s Advantage podcast series, a forum by court professionals for court professionals to share experiences and lessons learned.


What We Know Now About Mental Health and the Courts: Grasping the Challenge

November 16th Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode

The challenge of mental illness is impacting America nationwide. It impacts our states, our communities, our courts, and our entire justice system. The courts are at the center of the clash between competing funding choices, community concerns, and those struggling with behavioral health issues.

Local jails and detention centers are the largest providers of mental health services in the country. That’s for both adults and children.  In 44 states a jail or prison holds more mentally ill individuals than the state’s largest psychiatric hospital. On the other hand, nearly 30 percent of all family homicides involve a mentally ill individual.

This month is the first of five episodes. They will be spread out over the coming winter and spring discussing the National Judicial Task Force to Examine State Courts’ Response to Mental Illness. Some of the questions we will explore include:

· What do we know now about mental health, incarceration, and the courts?

· What sort of change can courts make to deal with the mental health challenge?

· What options do judges have in helping the mentally ill, what sort of options should judges have? And finally

· What advice do our guests have for the rest of us regarding mental health and the courts?

Today's Panelists

· The Honorable Steve Leifman, Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court in Miami, Florida and

· Patti Tobias, Principal Court Management Consultant with the National Center for State Courts in Denver, Colorado

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