Montgomery County expanding Mental Health Court

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Montgomery County Court officials are expanding a Mental Health Court program to help mentally ill offenders.

Circuit Judge Tracy McCooey announced Monday that the county will now have a part-time psychiatrist, a psychologist and a social worker in addition to a clinician and case worker who are already participating.

Mental Health Court allows qualifying nonviolent offenders who have a history of mental illness to avoid jail by entering the structured treatment program.

Officials say the program saves Montgomery County more than $150,000 to $200,000 a year.

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