On April 22, 2003, Boone County established a Mental Health Court, which is an alternative sentencing program that uses a team approach to provide mental health and other services to the mentally ill who have been arrested for non-violent offenses in Boone County. A team of court and mental health workers designs a program for each defendant to address their mental health needs and to provide them the essential skills for functioning in society without further intervention from the criminal justice system. The progress of each individual in his or her treatment plan is closely monitored by the team, with adjustments in the plan being made as necessary, and sanctions issued for non-compliance. Defendants must be involved in the program for a minimum of one year, and the period of participation can be extended to two years.
Students enrolled in a capstone psychology course may serve with the court staff, assist with preparation and participate in court hearings and weekly case management meetings.
Legal Assistance, Advocacy, Alcohol Abuse Prevention, Crime Prevention, Drug Abuse Prevention, Life Skills Training
705 E. Walnut ST.
Columbia, MO 65201-4487
Phone: (573) 886-4232
In order to earn credit while serving on this project, please contact the MU Office of Service Learning online by submitting this form or calling us at 573.882.0227.
If you want to volunteer with this agency, please contact them directly through the contact information listed above.