Pre-Screening Process

August 20, 2019

Dear Valued Colleagues,

Thank you for your continued partnership with the Spokane Regional Mental Health Court. We appreciate your advocacy for our mutual clients and your referrals. Your work makes it possible for us to engage with our participants to hold them accountable while empowering them to change their trajectory.

We currently have over 300 participants enrolled in our program, and we are thankful for the opportunity to affect change in our community in this way. However, the case load size is significantly higher than therapeutic courts standards dictate, and it is important that we have the capacity to offer the highest quality of services to all participants enrolled in our program. Moreover, we believe it is critical to address the holistic needs of our participants so that change is sustained for the best long-term outcomes.

At this time, we have had to make the difficult decision to limit our case load size to ensure the quality of services we provide is not compromised. Beginning September 1st, our referral process will close until we are able to decrease our case load size.  However, referrals from law enforcement professionals and referrals for city probation cases within Mental Health Court will still be accepted during this time. We will be accepting referrals on a waitlist during this time. Once our numbers begin to decrease, we will begin accepting new referrals. All referrals can be sent to mhtc@spokanecounty.org.

In the meantime, please keep an eye out for our Resource Fair which will take place Wednesday mornings in the Public Safety Building beginning this fall. Our Resource Fair will house community providers who will be able to assist your clients with resources to address their needs on site whether or not they are referred to Mental Health Court.

Please contact Judge Maurer or Dr. Shayman, Program Manager, for further information. We appreciate your continued partnership and we look forward to reopening referrals again soon.

Sincerely,

Valerie Shayman, Ph.D.
Spokane Regional Mental Health Court Program Manager