This Toolkit offers a blueprint for using the problem-solving approach, a form of differentiated case management for cases involving recurring contacts with the justice system due to underlying medical and social problems. A hallmark of the approach is the integration of treatment and social services with judicial case processing and monitoring. The Toolkit includes a set of assessment questions to help courts determine the best path to implement a problem-solving approach and a set of implementation steps for courts choosing to implement a formal problem-solving court program such as a community or mental health court. The problem-solving court approach focuses on defendants and litigants whose underlying medical and social problems (e.g., homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse) have contributed to recurring contacts with the justice system. The approach seeks to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for individuals, families, and communities using methods that involve ongoing judicial leadership; the integration of treatment and/or social services with judicial case processing; close monitoring of and immediate response to behavior; multidisciplinary involvement; and collaboration with community-based and government organizations. During the last decade, these methods have shown significant promise in producing more-effective outcomes for some of the courts’ most vexing cases.
Problem-Solving Justice Toolkit
by wpengine / Friday, 05 May 2017 / Published in Uncategorized