FAQs About HOPE Court
HOPE Court (Helping Offenders Prosper Effectively)
Who is eligible?
- The participant's charge is a probationary offense
- The participant has a history of mental illness;
- The participant is capable and willing to voluntarily cooperate and complete the program;
- The participant demonstrates an interest and a desire to enhance his/her quality of life and become a productive member of society;
- The participant could benefit from mental health treatment;
- The participant’s primary diagnosis is not a substance abuse disorder or mental retardation.
What is the referral process?
The identification of potential participants for HOPE Court occurs in the initial stage of judicial involvement.
Non-clinical personnel including police officers, jail staff, probation officers, attorneys, and Judges identify participants who have been in the mental health system or exhibit symptoms of mental illness and may benefit from HOPE Court involvement.
As a condition of Community Control, a participant is required to screen for HOPE Court. If participants meet the program's basic criteria, they will be referred to the Counseling Center of Wayne and Holmes Counties for formal diagnostic assessments or a recent assessment will be reviewed. If a participant meets all requirements, the Judge may accept them into the HOPE Court.
What are the benefits of participating in HOPE Court?
Participants maintain law-abiding, stable lives. In addition, there are three phases to completing HOPE Court. Through phase progression, credit will be applied to a fine and/or probation fees for a grand total of $250.00.