CNMI Mental Health Court Docket Team
CNMI Mental Health Court Docket Team

The CNMI Mental Health Court Docket Team at the NADCP Rise 2022 conference.

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MCHD
MCHD

Mental Health Court Staff set up for staffing.

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MCHD

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CNMI Mental Health Court Docket Team
CNMI Mental Health Court Docket Team

The CNMI Mental Health Court Docket Team at the NADCP Rise 2022 conference.

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The CNMI Judiciary recognizes treatment courts and dockets as an effective way to address community needs through the justice system. Treatment courts and dockets provide judicially supervised, community-based treatment programs. On July 3, 2021, the NMI Supreme Court created the Mental Health Court Docket Program (MHCD) through Administrative Order 2021-ADM-0010-RUL. It brings together criminal justice agencies and mental health professionals to identify and treat participants with serious mental illness. The MHCD is composed of the following stakeholders:

  • CHCC - Psychiatry and Transitional Living Center;

  • Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja;

  • Associate Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio;

  • Office of the Public Defender;

  • Office of the Attorney General;

  • Court Personnel;

  • Department of Corrections; and

  • Department of Public Safety.

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The MHCD program is a voluntary program that provides a holistic evidence-based approach. To be eligible for the program, a person must:

  • At least 18 years of age;

  • A United States citizen or legal resident;

  • Legally competent;

  • have a serious mental health diagnosis or exhibit symptoms of an undiagnosed serious mental illness or intellectual and developmental disability;

  • agree to treatment, take any and all prescribed medication in the manner prescribed, and follow all Team treatment recommendations;

  • Has a pending criminal charge;

  • If there are any restitution fees, the amount is less than $5,000;

  • Must not have been convicted of a dangerous offense within the past 10 years;

  • Must not have a sentence imposed which renders the applicant ineligible for probation, whether as a result of a plea or a finding of guilt; and

  • voluntarily agree to participate in the program.