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Mental Health Court graduation ceremony planned

Published: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 12:26 a.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – The 22nd Judicial Circuit of McHenry County Mental Health Court will host its 10th graduation ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4.

The ceremony is open to the public and will be in Courtroom 204 at the McHenry County Government Center, 2200 N. Seminary Ave., in Woodstock.

Guests are required to use the government center’s east entrance.

The ceremony includes a presentation of graduation certificates by Circuit Judge Charles P. Weech. 

Mental health courts are integral pieces of the criminal justice system, as research shows that 65 percent of individuals incarcerated in local jails and prisons meet criteria for substance use disorder, and 17 percent of all adults booked into jails are diagnosed with a serious mental illness, according to research by the Council of State Governments.

The 22nd Judicial Circuit Mental Health Court is a voluntary program designed to serve defendants who are struggling with mental illness and are involved in the criminal justice system of McHenry County.

In lieu of traditional punishment, the court diverts defendants with serious mental illness away from the criminal justice system by offering alternatives, including intensive judicial oversight, community supervision and treatment.

For information, call Scott Block at 815-334-4913.

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