Module 1: Understanding Mental Health Courts

Module 1: Understanding Mental Health Courts introduces the mental health court program model and the existing research on the impact of mental health courts, and describes other programmatic and policy changes that are similarly designed to improve outcomes for justice-involved individuals with mental illnesses.

Learning Objectives

  1. Articulate why a community may decide to start a mental health court
  2. Describe the mental health court model and the state of research on program outcomes
  3. Identify program models other than mental health courts that have been shown to improve outcomes for individuals with mental illnesses involved in the criminal justice system

Prep Work

Prep Work

Provides background reading to introduce you to the topics discussed in this module. All resources are available for free online. You will need access to a computer to complete this step. Estimated completion time: 30 minutes

Presentation

Presentation

Covers the key concepts of this module in depth and teaches you everything you need to know to complete the module’s Activities Guide. Presentations consist of 35-45 slides. You control the pace of the Presentation by clicking from one slide to the next. You will need access to a computer to complete this step, and you must have Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer to play the Presentation’s audio and video features. Estimated completion time: 45-60 minutes

Quiz

Presentation

Reinforces your knowledge of the concepts you learned in the module. You will need access to a computer to complete this step. Estimated completion time: 10 minutes

Activities Guide

Presentation

Gives you an opportunity to apply the knowledge you acquired from this module’s Prep Work and Presentation and develop resources and processes tailored to your program. You will view videos of an actual court team, discuss issues with your teammates, complete worksheets, and more. Some of the Activities will be completed on your own and others as a group. You may want to print the Activities Guide, although you will also need access to a computer (with Adobe Flash Player installed) to view the accompanying videos. Estimated completion time: 2-3 hours

Additional Resources

Additional Resources

Suggests further reading—including articles, books, and examples of programs—to supplement what you’ve learned in this module.