Mental Health Courts

Ninety-one percent of prisoners have been diagnosed with either a substance abuse, or mental health problem over their lifetime.

Mental Health Courts help in some cases to reduce offending.  Mental health courts work best for people who have had little or no previous treatment for their mental health difficulties. There is some international evidence from the USA that mental health courts can reduce reoffending, however there is a lot of variation in mental health court design making it difficult to generalise this to a New Zealand context.

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