Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research

, Volume 42, Issue 3, pp 323–331

Mental Health Court Outcomes by Offense Type at Admission

  • Bradley Ray
  • Sheryl Pimlott Kubiak
  • Erin B. Comartin
  • Elizabeth Tillander
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10488-014-0572-2

Cite this article as:
Ray, B., Kubiak, S.P., Comartin, E.B. et al. Adm Policy Ment Health (2015) 42: 323. doi:10.1007/s10488-014-0572-2

Abstract

Using a statewide database of mental health court (MHC) defendants, this study examines criminal justice outcomes by target arrest offense type. Findings suggest that defendants with a felony are less likely to complete MHC but those who do are at no greater risk of recidivism post-exit than those with a misdemeanor. In terms of jail days, both completers and noncompleters with a felony had reductions in jail days; however, misdemeanor defendants, especially those who did not complete MHC, had increases. We discuss why MHC supervision may sometimes have a negative effect and offer recommendations on how courts might modify supervision.

Keywords

Mental health courtRecidivismOffense typeSpecialty courts

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bradley Ray
    • 1
  • Sheryl Pimlott Kubiak
    • 2
  • Erin B. Comartin
    • 3
  • Elizabeth Tillander
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Public and Environmental AffairsIndiana University-Purdue University IndianapolisIndianapolisUSA
  2. 2.School of Social WorkMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  3. 3.Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Criminal JusticeOakland UniversityRochesterUSA