Mental Health Court - County Court at Law #3
Welcome to the Comal County Mental Health Court (MHC). The handbook linked below is designed to answer questions, address concerns, and provide overall information about the Mental Health Court program. As a participant, you will be expected to follow the instructions given in Mental Health Court by the judge and comply with the treatment plan developed for you by the Mental Health Court team. This handbook will detail what is expected of you as a Mental Health Court participant and review general program information. All participants are encouraged to share this handbook with family and friends.
Mental Health Court (MHC) is a five-phase program for adults who have been charged with a misdemeanor offense and who are diagnosed with a mental illness. It is a voluntary program that requires a minimum 12-month commitment. The MHC takes a non-adversarial approach to promote public safety and to protect the due process rights of a participant. It is a joint effort of Comal County Court at Law 3, the Comal County District Attorney’s Office, Community Supervision and Corrections Department, law enforcement and Local Mental Health Authority Treatment Providers. By working together, we assist participants in achieving stability in their life, we promote self-sufficiency and help them become a productive and responsible citizen.
Mental Health Court involves frequent court appearances, active participation in treatment for mental health and substance abuse, intensive supervision and random drug testing. The Judge, Community Supervision Officer, and Mental Health Court team and treatment providers are here to guide and assist participants, but the final responsibility rests with the participants. The court gives incentives when participants are doing well and sanctions when they are not. If participants do not follow the rules and requirements of the program, he/she may be admonished by the judge, have an increase in court appearances, or be discharged unsuccessfully from the program.