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Mental Health Courts Can Struggle to Fulfill Decades-Old Promise

Mental health courts in the US, which serve fewer than 1% of over 2 million people with serious mental illness entering jail each year, are failing to live up to their promise due to high operating costs and low resources, according to advocates, attorneys, clinicians, and researchers. Critics argue the courts focus on strict requirements like regular hearings and drug screenings rather than treatment and there’s no conclusive evidence they improve long-term outcomes for participants or stop them re-entering the justice system.

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