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SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF MENTAL HEALTH COURT

A defendant's successful completion is determined by the treatment team, based upon the achievement of specified goals during the treatment program period. Treatment goals include stabilization of medications, maintaining a drug and crime free life, rebuilding ties to family and the community, developing job skills or a trade, completing a GED and/or pursuing higher education, and establishing a personal sense of purpose and well-being.

If a defendant has a co-occurring disorder of alcohol/drug addiction in addition to mental illness, then at least six consecutive months of negative drug and alcohol screenings must be demonstrated prior to completing the Court. This period of negative screenings must immediately precede defendant's completion.

Successful completion shall result in the agreed upon plea and sentence.