BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s Circuit Court is launching a mental health case management docket.

The docket being launched next month will be the first of its kind in Maryland. Lower courts in the city and in Harford and Prince George’s counties have mental health programs, but this will be the only program in circuit court. More serious, and often more violent, crimes are tried in circuit court.

The three-year pilot will provide community-based treatment for about 30 defendants instead of incarceration or probation. Based on results in similar courts, the pilot is expected to lead to a 30 percent to 40 percent reduction in participants’ arrest rates.

The pilot is expected to cost about $120,000 annually and funds raised mostly through private grants will pay for a full-time clinician to manage the cases.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (3)
  1. Angela says:

    doesn’t the state of md have anything better
    to do with 120,000 a yr
    Its a lot cheaper to just shoot
    the repeat offenders
    and put that money towards
    the education of our and
    health care for the elderly

  2. JoeFromAACounty says:


  3. Community-based treatment is difficult and costly. Incarceration is even more costly and fails at providing solutions. Baltimore should be applauded for finding the resources to pursue such a plan, especially during these tough economic times.

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