Everything you ought to know about mental health and the justice system (but might not know how to ask)
This month, the Interfaith Coalition for Mental Health (ICMH) will be hosting a luncheon presentation. Judge Amy Jones from the Superior Court of Marion County will be giving a presentation about Mental Health Courts. Attendees of this presentation will have the chance to:
- Learn about the connecting of mental illness and the justice system. Says a WFYI story:
More than 5,000 people incarcerated in Indiana are also navigating mental health issues — this population is at high risk for recidivism. A growing number of Indiana counties are working to stop this cycle through alternative court programs. One alternative court in Marion County hopes to anchor itself permanently in the criminal justice system.The Marion County Jail in Indianapolis is at capacity. And over a third of the inmates, close to 900 people there, are struggling with addiction, schizophrenia, depression or some other mental health issue.
- Learn what mental health courts are
- Understand the differences between mental health courts and traditional courts
- Expand knowledge of resources available in Indianapolis and actions taken by local court system