7th Mental Health Court Graduation Announced, 41 Grads So Far, 10% Recidivism Rate

Charles Weech

A press release from the McHenry County Circuit Court:

Twenty Second Judicial Circuit of McHenry County Announces Mental Health Court Graduation Ceremony

The 22nd Judicial Circuit of McHenry County Mental Health Court will host its 7th Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday, July 24th at 6:30 p.m.

The ceremony is open to the public and will take place in Courtroom 204 at McHenry County Government Center.

Guests are required to use the Government Center’s East Entrance.

The ceremony includes

  • a presentation by Michelle Rock, Director of the Illinois Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Justice and
  • the presentation of Graduation Certificates by Mental Health Court Circuit Judge, Honorable Charles P. Weech.

The MHC is a voluntary program designed to serve defendants who are struggling with mental illness and are currently involved in the criminal justice system of McHenry County. In lieu of traditional punishment, the MHC diverts defendants with diagnosed mental illness away from the criminal justice system by offering alternatives including; intensive judicial oversight, community supervision and treatment.

The goals of the MHC are to reduce recidivism and promote self-sufficiency by offering community based treatment alternatives to incarceration.

The 7th Graduation ceremony will be a time of celebration and reflection for six (6) program graduates who have worked extremely hard to improve their lives and we commend them for their efforts.

This brings the program’s graduation total to 41 individuals since its inception in April of 2007.

The MHC is extremely proud to say that the program has a post graduation recidivism rate of less than 10%!

The MHC would not be possible without

  • the McHenry County Board,
  • Twenty Second Judicial Circuit Office of Court Administration,
  • McHenry County Court and Probation Services,
  • McHenry County Mental Health Board, McHenry County Department of Health,
  • McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office,
  • McHenry County Public Defender’s Office,
  • McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and
  • various community based mental health service providers.

For questions pertaining to the Mental Health Court, please contact Scott Block at 815-334-4913.

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