Referral Process

Thank you for your interest in submitting a referral to the Spokane Regional Mental Health Court (SRMHC).

As of December 18, 2020, we are currently accepting referrals for city and county probation cases as well as stipulated orders of continuance (SOCs) for both city and county cases.

Though our referrals are most frequently submitted by attorneys, anyone can make a referral to our program, including family members and defendants themselves. Once we receive the referral form, we will reach out to prospective participants and schedule times for an Ohio Risk Assessment System (ORAS) session. This assessment will determine whether the individual falls into the “high risk, high need” category, and thereby eligible for SRMHC. At that meeting, SRMHC staff will have the prospective participant take the ORAS, complete releases of information for providers to submit information related to individuals’ mental health diagnoses, and explain our program requirements and expectations. Time will also be provided for individuals to ask any questions they may have regarding their potential commitment to SRMHC.

After the session is completed, SRMHC staff will reach out to providers for medical records to confirm the prospective participant has a qualifying mental health diagnosis. We will also complete a criminal background check to determine further eligibility for our program. Prospective participants who meet the qualifying criteria will be staffed by the entire SRMHC team before a final decision is rendered.

Should you have any questions regarding this process, please contact the SRMHC Office at (509) 477-2230 or

Valerie Shayman Southerland, Ph.D. 
Spokane Regional Mental Health CourtProgram Manager

O: (509) 477-2283
C: (509) 934-6243
F: (509) 477-2231
Front Desk: (509) 477-2230