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The SWIMHC (MHC) is an intensely structured program that promotes rehabilitation of the offender by providing intensive supervision; mental health treatment; substance and addiction testing and treatment; and supportive services for housing and other basic needs.

Statement of Philosophy

Mental Health Court is designed to provide an alternative to jail for persons with chronic mental health needs who commit crimes meeting established criteria. Mental Health Court, through intensive individualized services, will help these offenders with chronic mental health needs treat their illness, take their medication as prescribed, meet their basic food and shelter needs, and avoid expensive incarceration or hospitalization. The goal of Mental Health Court is to impose a sentence that provides maximum opportunity for the rehabilitation of the defendant, the protection of the community from further offenses by the defendant and consideration of victim’s rights and safety.

The participant is required to attend all assigned treatment activities, comply with supervision, attend status hearings on a regular basis with the presiding judge, abstain from non-prescribed drugs, and refrain from further criminal activity.

The admission into the program requires a plea of guilty to a qualifying offense as negotiated by the offender participant’s attorney and the county attorney’s office. If an offender is already on probation, this program may be added as a condition with the consent of the county attorney’s office, the defendant, and by the unanimous acceptance of the MHC team.

Please Note: Complete the application to the best of your ability.

The defendant's attorney shall assist the applicant in completing the application.

Case Management can assist with the SWIA MHDS Region application.

It is the applicant's/attorney's duty to contact Case Management and sign the release form. This must be completed and provided to Case Management to facilitate their assistance.

This page was printed from the Southwest Iowa Mental Health & Disability Services Region on May 20, 2022. For the latest information, visit swiamhds.org.

The HOPE 4 IOWA Crisis Line is available 24/7.

The HOPE 4 IOWA Crisis Call Line connects individuals in crisis to a helping hand and the resources to address and improve mental wellness. Available 24/7 at (844) 673-4469.

Have a question? You can also email the Hope 4 Iowa Crisis Line at hope4iowa@boystown.org. One of our counselors will respond within 24 hours.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please dial 911.