The mission of the Nassau County Mental Health Program is to provide a problem-solving approach for persons with mental illness who are charged with certain crimes. They and their families are given the opportunity to voluntarily participate through conditional releases in community treatment and court approved service plans as an alterative to incarceration and the normal criminal prosecution process and punishment.
The vision of the Nassau County Mental Health Court Program is a community which does not include persons who have unnecessarily lost liberties because of their mental illness.
The overarching goals of the Nassau County Mental Health Court Program are to:
- Reduce the involvement of persons with mental illnesses, including those with co-occurring substance abuse disorders, in the criminal justice system.
- Reduce recidivism and re-incarceration of persons with mental illnesses in the criminal justice system.
- Incorporate the principles of recovery throughout the criminal justice, mental health and substance abuse systems.
- Improve the capacity of persons with mental illnesses to successfully live and work in the community.
- Improve access to mental health treatment, community services and supports for persons with mental illnesses.
- Improve treatment engagement and outcomes.
- Reduce burden and cost on law enforcement and the jail.
- Improve collaboration and coordination of services among criminal justice, mental health and drug treatment, physical health care, and other social service systems.
- Increase public safety.