Mental Health Court


Rich Neu, District Mental Health Coordinator
260 4th Ave. N., Ste #B
P.O. Box 126
Twin Falls, ID  83303-0126
(208) 735-4374 Phone
(208) 735-4360 Fax

Mental Health Court Schedule (Twin Falls):         Misdemeanor Mental Health Court Schedule (Burley):

          Staffing: Thurs. at 7:00 am                                       Staffing: Mon. at 1:00 pm
          Court: Thurs. at 8:00 am                                           Court: Mon. at 1:30 pm 


A mental health court is a specialized court docket for certain defendants with mental illnesses that substitute a problem-solving model for traditional criminal court processing. Participants are identified through mental health screening and assessments and voluntarily participate in a judicially supervised treatment plan developed jointly by a team of court staff and mental health professionals.

From four in 1997, the number of mental health courts in the United States has grown to over 300 today, with programs found in almost every state. As judges, county and state leaders, and advocates continue to call for the establishment or expansion of mental health courts in their jurisdictions, demand has steadily grown for information on designing, implementing, and revising mental health courts to achieve desired public safety and public health outcomes.

In 2005, Mental Health Courts were authorized under amendments to the Idaho Drug Court Act and Mental Health Courts in Idaho were established.

The Fifth Judicial District Mental Health Court began in December 2005 in Twin Falls and was started by the Honorable G. Richard Bevan.



Twin Falls Felony Mental Health Court Documents:


Mini-Cassia Misdemeanor Mental Health Court Documents: