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Erika Pearson, M.A.
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Eligibility for ReferralThe defendant must meet all of the following criteria: diagnosed with an identifiable mental illness, have committed a misdemeanor or non-violent felony, must be able to understand the terms and conditions of the program, have no other pending cases which would prevent them from completing the program, do not pose a threat to the public, and be a resident of Greenville County.
Referral ProcessCases can be referred to Mental Health Court by defense attorneys, magistrate or municipal court judges, the detention center staff, law enforcement officials, solicitors, and mental health professionals. Once a case is referred, the defendant will be subject to thorough background checks and psychological assessments in order to determine eligibility. Each case must receive the approval of the Solicitor before being accepted into the program.
Program RequirementsUpon meeting the eligibility criteria, a defendant with charges from Summary Court will sign an agreement to remain in the program for no less than six months to a discretionary maximum of twelve (12) months. A defendant with General Sessions charges agree to a minimum of twelve (12) months to a maximum of twelve months. The Mental Health Court team will evaluate each personís offense and individual progress toward treatment goals. The participant is required to have frequent contact with their treatment provider at the Greenville Mental Health Center or the Piedmont Mental Health Center. Participants are required to submit to random drug screenings and attend regular court appearances. Once a participant completes all four phases, he/she will have successfully graduated from the program and his/her charges will be dismissed.
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