Mental Health Court

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The program is designed for individuals involved in the criminal justice system with mental health disorders. Specifically those who are committed to making lifestyle changes to improve their mental health, promote self-sufficiency, eliminate criminal behavior, and reduce the risk of re-offending. 

Why Mental Health Court?

The MHC is a unique probation opportunity that grants participants a chance at gaining control of their life. The collaborative team approach helps the court make appropriate decisions related to your case and can connect you with community resources. In short, we are here to help you help yourself.

Over the course of three phases (12-24 months) the MHC team will work with you and support you in your journey on the road to success.

our treatment focus


Our focus is to help individuals heal mentally and become aware of their inner strengths. We achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan throughout the course of the program. 
You must be a resident of Berrien County, not have committed an ineligible violent offense, and meet the clinical eligibility requirement. To be clinically eligible, you must have a diagnosed and prominent mental illness.

Additional information 

Mental Health Court Team

  • Prosecutor
  • Public Defender
  • Case Manager
  • Specialty Court Manager
  • Sheriff Department Liaison
  • Mental Health Court Judge
  • Probation Officers
  • Team Coordinator
  • Riverwood Staff
  • Community Treatment Provider

Mental Health Court Judge

This court is presided by the honorable Judge D. Howard.

Court Calendar

Court is held every  first and third Thursday of the month at 1:30pm at the Berrien County Courthouse. How often you attend court will depend on what stage you are at in the program. The last stage only requires court appearances upon request.