Court Involvement

Court Involvement
Diversion from incarceration and recovery guidance.

Programs

Adult Court Clinic (Forensic Mental Health Services)
Adult Court Clinic (Forensic Mental Health Services)
Description

Provides court-ordered mental health and substance use evaluations, including competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, aid in sentencing, and civil commitments for mental illness (Section 12e) and substance abuse (Section 35).

Services to District and Superior Courts 

  • Competency to stand trial evaluations
  • Criminal responsibility evaluations
  • Aid in sentencing evaluations
  • Probationers’ need for treatment
  • Evaluations for civil commitment of a mentally ill person
  • Consultation and training to courts and probation departments
  • Expert witness testimony
  • Liaison between the criminal justice system and the mental health system, including public and private hospitals and community agencies

Springfield District Court

50 State Street
Springfield, Massachusetts
01103-2021

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Juvenile Court Clinic (Forensic Mental Health Services)
Juvenile Court Clinic (Forensic Mental Health Services)
Description

BHN Forensic Mental Health Services include BHN Juvenile Court Clinics, which provide mental health expertise to the Courts in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire Counties.

Services to Juvenile Courts 

  • Evaluations of Child Requiring Assistance (CRA) cases
  • Evaluations of Delinquency cases (68a)
  • Competency evaluations
  • Specialized evaluations including Sexual Offender Risk Assessments and fire-setting evaluations
  • Expert witness testimony
  • Consultation to court personnel

Dually-Involved Youth (DIY) Services
Services are provided for youth involved in both the Court and child welfare systems. The Juvenile Court Clinic facilitates a multi-disciplinary meeting with families, the Department of Children and Families, Department of Youth Services, and court personnel to promote the development of enhanced cross-system practices that enable achievement of improved youth and family outcomes.

Springfield Juvenile Court

80 State Street
Springfield, Massachusetts
01103-2010

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