Mental health courts, rather than a broad solution to the general problem, are best used when considering the diversion of a small percentage of that target population. However, even that small percentage can fall through the cracks without accessible housing, quality training, and a layered diversion process.
“Mental health courts should be used as part of that bigger diversion process,” said (Miami Dade County Judge Steven) Leifman.”If you do it that way, they are excellent tools and they can have a very valuable role.”
However, according to Carol Fisler, the Director of Mental Health Court Programs at the Center for Court Innovation,“…if rehabilitation is the goal, we should be looking at the drivers of criminal activity.”
“The research shows that treating symptoms does not necessarily reduce recidivism.”