Stories from Clients: How Mental Health Courts Can Change Lives
This Chapter details seven MHC case histories. By giving voice to clients, I uncover the experiences of those within the court. The stories illustrates the court’s influence on recidivism and how MHCs impact the lives of individuals. The interviews of MHC clients exemplify the ways in which experience in MHC influence their quality of life including the management of mental illness and substance use, housing stability, employment status and family relations. I examine how MHC participation encourages other pro-social and healthy behaviors that can lead to changed lives. The narratives reveal the potential of MHCs by highlighting some success stories based on court observations and interviews. Toward the end of the chapter I provided a nuanced explanation of why MHCs do not work for all clients.
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