Mental Health Court In St. Lawrence County

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Gouverneur, NY

#1 Nov 5, 2013
There is many courts in which defendants get convicted of crimes in, towns, villages, cities, drug court. But still there is no Mental Health court available. The question is laid out, but what is the answer?

That is something i would like to know?

People with drugs problems are given the option to seek help in a rehabilitation setting, to provide care for their illness. I strongly believe that a mental health court is in need. Neighboring counties have them and they work very well.

I don't see why St. Lawrence county should not have one, people that have no control over their behavior should be given help not held in a facility somewhere.

Normally in a case where a mentally ill defendant is in court the matter may or may not be brought up. If it is brought up then mercy can be shown. But there is no specialist there to observe and diagnose and treat only the court.

We need to stop tossing our people in prison and jails with mental problems and thinking just because we have mental health there things will be ok. Do you know that there is only one person from mental health in the St. Lawrence county jail to be there for the many inmates housed there?

I had a family member with a mental problem in jail and it took him over a month to see mental health. Once he was seen it took another month to get him to see the jail doctor.

Something needs to be done here, just because our people are in jail doesn't mean they should be treated poorly.

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