Johnson County creating mental health court as jail alternative

Johnson County mental health court

With the assistance of federal grant funding, the Johnson County Mental Health Center will begin working on a mental health court program that would allow people charged with crimes to seek mental health resources instead of jail time. Photo credit Neil Conway. Used under a Creative Commons license.

Johnson County is creating a new mental health court program that will serve as an alternative to jail for people with severe mental illness.

Driving the news: The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners on Thursday voted to accept a federal grant for the development of the new program. The $309,766 grant came from the U.S. Department of Justice.