Behavioral Health Court

22nd Judicial District Court Seal

This specialty court was established to address those judicially involved individuals who suffer with mental illness and a co-occurring drug or alcohol dependence. This specialty court’s participants have a wide range of criminal charges and specialty court intervention is complicated by their mental illness. The goal of this specialty court is to identify the judicially involved mentally ill and provide resources and dedicated treatment to reduce a very likely recidivism. Data is current as of December 31, 2017 and will be updated yearly.

  • 2011 to present

  • Currently presided over by Judge Garcia

  • Current Census – 39

  • Alcohol/Drug free babies – 1

  • Cost per client per year – $8,804.55

  • Recidivism rate – 34.3%; however, the rate of new charges per year after acceptance to this specialty court is 0.28/year. 62.5% of participants who entered this specialty court in 2015 experienced no new arrests or charges. Recidivism calculated for U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.