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Posted on: October 16, 2019

New court resource fair

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SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. – The Spokane Regional Mental Health Court, a collaborative therapeutic court, is pleased to announce the commencement of their “Community Resource Fair” beginning Oct. 23, 2019. The “Community Resource Fair” will be held on the second floor of the Public Safety Building and every Wednesday morning, 9:00 a.m. to noon, any individuals with court proceedings in the Public Safety Building are welcome to meet with community agencies to obtain resources that will assist in overcoming their personal and legal challenges.


Dr. Valerie Shayman, Program Manager for the Spokane Regional Mental Health Court Program, reports that Spokane Treatment and Recovery Services (STARS), Spokane County Counseling and Recovery Services (CAReS), Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners (SNAP), Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), and United Healthcare will have representatives available during the Wednesday morning time frame to offer a wide array of services.


Among some of the services provided, Court participants will have access to on-site initial screenings for services, scheduling for mental health and/or co-occurring treatment appointments, supportive living (housing) appointments, and scheduling chemical dependency treatment appointments. Community providers will also explore options for housing challenges, facilitate immediate intake for individuals in need of sobering services, and discuss eligibility for insurance coverage and services provided by United Healthcare.


The Spokane Regional Mental Health Court, under the direction of the Honorable Aimee Maurer, is one of the largest mental health courts in the State of Washington and has addressed over 900 cases so far this year. Program participants receive treatment, support from case managers and probation officers, and a host of holistic services designed to encourage compliance with the Court by addressing participant’s mental health needs and personal challenges. By providing on-site access to services, Judge Maurer “hopes to reduce or eliminate barriers to participant’s success with their Court ordered requirements and encourage a healthy and productive reintegration into the community.”


For more information on the Spokane Regional Mental Health Court or for community agencies wishing to inquire about providing services at the weekly “Community Resource Fair,” please contact Program Manager Dr. Valerie Shayman by phone at (509) 477-2230 or via email at vshayman@spokanecounty.org.

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