Juvenile Mental Health Court Focuses on Rehab
Mental Health Court focuses on rehabilitation over punishment.
If chosen to participate, the parent and child must meet with the judge and discuss their progress – or lack thereof – every two weeks.
“And our program is pretty intense. Sometimes these therapists are working with families two to three to four times a week,” Phillips said.
Approximately 50 percent of all youth in the Harris County Detention Center suffer from symptoms of mental illness.
“Deciding which kid gets into the mental health program is tough,” Phillips said.
But the judge believes that if the kids don’t get help, he’ll keep seeing them in court, over and over again.