Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 229–237 | Cite as

A hospital-based mental health court

  • Gregory P. Sipes
  • Alan D. Schmetzer
  • Mary Stewart
  • Steven L. Bojrad


Deinstitutionalized chronically mentally ill patients face the prospect of homelessness, insufficient community services, and the possibility of criminalization. Further, many communities do not have a mechanism for recognizing the special problems many of the chronically mentally ill have when they enter the legal system. The following is a description of a hospital-based mental health court, a nontraditional, highly effective program intended to identify chronically mentally ill persons in the community, as well as recognize and correct inadequacy in services available to the deinstitutionalized.


Public Health Mental Health Health Psychology Legal System Special Problem 
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© Human Sciences Press 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gregory P. Sipes
    • 1
  • Alan D. Schmetzer
    • 1
  • Mary Stewart
    • 1
  • Steven L. Bojrad
    • 1
  1. 1.School of MedicineIndiana UniversityUSA

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