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Mental-health court shows promise

Mental-health court shows promise

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An alternative court for people who may need mental-health care more than jail time has had promising results.

According to a new report, participants in Salt Lake County's mental-health court are more likely to stay on their medications and stay out of trouble.

The study was done by the Utah Criminal Justice Center at the University of Utah.

The report said that one year after leaving mental-health court, participants had cut their arrests and jail bookings in half. The report tracked participants from the past seven years. It showed they improved their use of medications and pursued more treatment for mental illnesses.

But the report also found that participants who leave the program without graduating are more likely to offend again.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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