Pre-Screening Process

Pre-screening is required for referral to the Mental Health Therapeutic Court (MHTC). The process is as follows:
  1. Complete the Pre-Screening Form (PDF). Only this form is to be used for referrals, and it is important that all information requested on the form be completed.
  2. If possible, obtain a Health Information Release Form (PDF).
  3. Fax both forms to the MHTC team at 477-2231.
  4. The MHTC Team will research files and databases for mental health information on the defendant.
  5. Probation will research files, NCIC, etc. for information on the defendant.
  6. The referrals will be discussed at Tuesday morning staffing with the rest of the Team and the Judge.
  7. At this staffing, the Team will determine whether to accept or reject the defendant requested to be transferred into MHTC based on the information assembled by MHTC and the Probation Team.
  8. The determination is recorded on a spreadsheet and then distributed to the Team.
  9. If a defendant is accepted into the MHTC, the Court Clerk will schedule the defendant onto the MHTC docket. An Order stating the acceptance will be filed with the court and notification is sent to the referring parties.
  10. If a defendant is not accepted into the MHTC, an Order stating the reasons for rejection is filed with the court and notification is sent to the current Judge and referring parties.