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Overview

The Mount Sinai Hospital Mental Health Court Support (MHCS) Program responds to individuals with an ethno-racial background and with mental health difficulties. These individuals find themselves in conflict with the criminal justice system primarily because of their mental health disturbances.

Through a cooperative relationship with other mental health court workers from CRCT, Mount Sinai Hospital MHCS Program provides culturally sensitive services and support to individuals of ethno-racial background with mental health difficulties. Through necessary treatment support and the process of diversion, it is hoped that recidivism of this population will be significantly reduced or eliminated.
 

Program Goals

Mount Sinai Hospital Mental Health Court Support (MHCS) Program responds to individuals with ethno-racial backgrounds and who find themselves in conflict with the criminal justice system, primarily because of their mental health disturbances.

Through a cooperative working relationship with other mental health court support workers at Old City Hall Court, Mount Sinai Hospital MHCS offers culturally sensitive services to individuals by providing access to necessary treatments and supports in the community. Through the concerted efforts in the community it is hoped that the future recidivism of this population will be reduced or eliminated.

Program Objectives

  • To provide a timely response to new referrals
  • To provide screening and assessment on all referrals
  • To develop a treatment plan including recommendation for Court Diversion
  • To provide appropriate treatments on a time-limited basis
  • To provide consultation and advice to the judiciary
  • To provide information to the Court and educate the community on mental health issues and services
  • To connect clients and their families to existing community services