Mental Health Court Opens in Shelby County

Shelby County launched its Mental Health Court under the leadership of Shelby County General Sessions Judge Gerald Skahan, the Memphis Flyer reports. Defendants suffering from mental illness will have a chance to have their charges dropped in exchange for completing a year-long mental health treatment plan. "The benefit to the community is this is a tremendous savings because it's expensive to house somebody in jail and give them their medicine,” Skahan said.

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