Council on Mentally Ill Offenders

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Council on Mentally Ill Offenders (COMIO)
2012 Best Practices Awards

The Council on Mentally Ill Offenders (COMIO) has designated two programs to receive the 2012 Best Practices Award. These programs are recognized for their effectiveness in measuring the successful treatment of mentally ill patients/clients to decrease the likelihood of future involvement with law enforcement and corrections and increase the individuals’ likelihood of effectively transitioning back into the community. The 2012 awards will be presented to the Riverside County Mental Health Courts and Orange County Combat Veterans Court.

2012 Best Practices Award Recipients

Riverside County Mental Health Courts

The three Regional Mental Health Courts within Riverside County were established to decrease criminal recidivism of defendants with severe mental illness who are eligible for probation, provide individuals with a linkage to mental health treatment as an alternative to detention, identify community resources to facilitate continuity of care, increase treatment compliance and promote public safety.

Contact Information:

Tony Ortego, LMFT
Mental Health Services Supervisor
Mental Health Court
Office (951) 328-2283
Fax (951) 684-6129

Orange County Combat Veterans Court

The program was established pursuant to CA Penal Code Section 1170.9, which authorizes the court to order treatment instead of incarceration for veterans whose involvement in the criminal justice system is shown to be the result of PTSD, traumatic brain injury, substance addiction, or other mental health problem arising from their combat service. The program goals are to enhance public safety, reduce recidivism and its associated costs, and assist combat veterans to become mentally stable, substance-free, and successfully re-integrated into society.

Contact Information

Kim Parsons, Collaborative Court Coordinator
700 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(657) 622-5816