The Coordinated Resources Project (CRP) - also known as the Anchorage Mental Health Court - is a voluntary "therapeutic" or "problem-solving" court located within the Anchorage District Court that hears cases involving individuals diagnosed with mental disabilities who are charged with misdemeanor offenses and focuses on their treatment and rehabilitation. Created in 1998, the CRP is a post booking diversionary response to the problem of "criminalization" - or an increased likelihood that people with mental disabilities will be processed through the criminal justice system instead of the mental health system - observed in the Anchorage area.
The mission of the CRP is to divert people with mental disabilities charged with misdemeanor offenses from incarceration and into community treatment and services and to prevent further contacts with the criminal justice system. Defendants who experience mental disabilities are more frequently jailed and detained longer than defendants who do not. Jail is rarely a therapeutic environment for people experiencing symptoms of mental illness. Those who are engaged in treatment have been found to cycle through jails and psychiatric hospitals far less often others that are not engaged.
Additionally, the CRP acts to:
Anyone charged with a misdemeanor crime who is diagnosed with a mental disability, resides in Anchorage, is eligible for treatment in the community and wishes to voluntarily participate in the treatment oriented court process in lieu of traditional district court criminal case processing will be considered for participation.
Any one can refer a person to the CRP. Police, corrections staff, lawyers, friends, family members, community behavioral health providers, judges and court staff can refer a case simply by contacting the Project Manager and indicating that a Defendant may eligible to have their case heard in the CRP.
The ACRP meets on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons at 2:45 p.m. in the Nesbett Courthouse, Room 204 with Judge Stephanie Rhoades presiding. The ACRP also meets on Thursday afternoons at 2:45 p.m. in the Nesbett Courthouse, Room 204 with Judge Pamela Washington presiding.
Court is open to the public. Specialized tours and training are available by contacting the Project Coordinator at 907 264-0886 or by e mail at email@example.com
If you are interested in observing court please call to confirm that court in being held on its regularly scheduled day. The number to call is 907 264-0886.
Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs publication: Emerging Judicial Strategies for the Mentally Ill in the Criminal Caseload: Mental Health Courts in Fort Lauderdale, Seattle, San Bernadino and Anchorage.
| Rev. 28 March 2012
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