Monday Regular Meeting with Mental Health Court Linkage Supervisor

Lana LaMotte, the Mental Health Court Linkage Supervisor for Service Area 8, will be speaking about the Mental Health Court Linkage Program at the regular monthly meeting on Monday September 15. The Court Linkage Program serves adults with a mental illness who are involved in the criminal justice system. The meeting will be at the First Lutheran Church (for time and address see below)

The Court Liaison Program (CLP) is a collaboration between the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the Los Angeles County Superior Court. It is staffed by a team of 14 mental health clinicians who are co-located at 20 courts countywide. This program incorporates the “no wrong door” philosophy by offering the courtroom as an entry point for services. The objectives of the program are to increase coordination and collaboration between the criminal justice and mental health systems, improve access to mental health services and supports, and enhance continuity of care. The CLP further aims to provide ongoing support to families and to educate the court and the community at large regarding the specific needs of these individuals. Participation is voluntary and available to those 18 and above.

Services include:

  • On-site courthouse outreach to defendants
  • Individual service needs assessments
  • Information to consumers and the Court of available treatment options
  • Development of alternative and post-release plans that take into account best fit treatment alternatives and Court stipulations
  • Linking of consumers to treatment programs and expedition of mental health referrals
  • Support and assistance to defendants and families in navigating the court system

Court Liaison Program staff coordinate and integrate services between the courts, Jail Mental Health and community based Service Area Navigators, with particular focus on balancing the needs of individuals and the expectations of the judicial system.  The CLP endorses a culture of collaboration within each courtroom where the CLP staff  are present, and the department core values of HOPE, WELLNESS & RECOVERY to the criminal justice system as a whole.

Court Liaison Directory

  • BELLFLOWER (626) 403-4370
  • BURBANK (626) 403-4370
  • CLARA SHORTRIDGE FOLTZ (CCB) (213) 974-2963
  • COMPTON (310) 603-8077
  • DOWNEY (626) 403-4370
  • EL MONTE (626) 403-4370
  • EAST LOS ANGELES (323) 780-2075
  • GLENDALE (626) 403-4370
  • INGLEWOOD (310) 419-2101
  • LAX (310) 727-6245
  • LONG BEACH (562) 247-2529
  • NEWHALL (818) 898-2490
  • NORWALK (626) 403-4370
  • PASADENA (626) 356-5374
  • POMONA (213) 305-3532
  • SAN FERNANDO (818) 898-2490
  • SANTA MONICA (310) 727-6245
  • TORRANCE (310) 222-4067
  • VAN NUYS (818) 374-2349
  • WEST COVINA (626) 403-4370

Less Recidivism Found in Offenders Processed Through Mental Health Court

From Psychiatric News Alert: Offenders who participated in a mental health court program recorded significantly better recidivism outcomes compared to matched control defendants in the traditional criminal court system, according to Joye Anestis, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, and co-author Joyce Carbonell, Ph.D., director of women’s studies at Florida State University in Tallahasee.

The study published online in Psychiatric Services in Advance compared two groups of 198 criminal offenders with mental illnesses. Overall, the mental health group had a lower occurrence of rearrest, a longer time to reoffending, and had fewer rearrests. Severity of the rearrest offense did not differ between the two groups, however.

A within-subject analysis of mental health court offenders found that those charged with misdemeanors had a higher occurrence of rearrest than those charged with felonies, but the two groups did not differ on odds of arrest or time to rearrest. Also, violent and nonviolent offenders showed no difference in recidivism outcomes, said Anestis and Carbonell.

The results may suggest that keeping mentally ill offenders out of jail and in community treatment may have positive effects on recidivism, as may the increased attention and supervision they receive, said the authors.

“Future research would benefit from a focus on the mechanisms of change in [mental health courts] and on identifying characteristics of individuals who respond best to participation in [them],” they concluded.

For more in Psychiatric News about mental health diversion options, see: “Judges, Psychiatrists Confer on Handling Mental Illness inJustice System.”

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