With local jails overcrowding on a nightly basis, our Rutherford County Judicial System will move forward with the establishment of a mental health court.
Reports indicate the mental health court could be open by January of 2017, if all goes as planned.
Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold commented on the need for a mental health court...
Mental health courts link offenders who would ordinarily be prison-bound to long-term community-based treatment. They rely on mental health assessments, individualized treatment plans, and ongoing judicial monitoring to address both the mental health needs of offenders and public safety concerns of communities.