What if Columbia County had a Mental Health Court?
In NY State, there are 29 of these courts that provide offenders with mental illness the support and structure they need in order to avoid further criminal behavior. The courts feature a dedicated judge, specially-trained staff, and resource coordination. The goal would be to provide better services that give people the help they need, while reducing further criminal offenses.
Currently, I’m discussing this issue with other officials and researching how it is implemented in other counties.
Tell me what you think of the proposal and if you would like to help explore ways to best implement it.