The Conasauga Circuit Mental Health Court, which serves both Murray and Whitfield counties, will commemorate its second graduation ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 11 am at the Murray County Courthouse. Due to recent spikes in the COVID 19 virus, Judge Scott Minter, who will deliver the keynote address, invites the public to watch the livestream of this ceremony on the “Judge Scott Minter” Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/minterforjudge/
The ceremony will mark the completion of an intensive 18-24 month program of comprehensive mental health treatment paired with co-occurring substance use disorder treatment, close supervision and accountability.
Treatment courts are this nation’s most effective strategy to reduce drug use and recidivism among substance-addicted, nonviolent offenders with criminal histories. In the State of Georgia, these courts save up to $5,000 for every individual they serve and each graduate returns as much as $22,125 back in economic benefit. Nationally, treatment courts return as much as $27 for every $1 invested.
The graduation ceremony is evidence of the impact the Conasauga Mental Health Court has had on our community and will send a message that these programs aid in mental health recovery, reduce addiction, crime and recidivism, while changing lives.Treatment courts continue to demonstrate that they work better than jail, prison or probation. Learn more, on-line, about the Conasauga Mental Health Court and other treatment courts at http://www.whitfieldcountyga.com/sc/treatmentcourt.htm. National treatment court research is available at AllRise.org.
Please be reminded that due to the current COVID19 pandemic, the Court has ordered that anyone who enters a Superior Court courtroom or areas around the courtroom is required wear a mask covering their mouth and nose.