Mental Health and the Justice System

Across Arizona, the court has taken a leadership role in improving its response to people experiencing mental illness. Nationally, the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ), Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA), and National Center for State Courts (NCSC) have been urging courts to commit to improvements and decriminalize mental illness, stating that the judiciary’s unique vantage point make it an ideal force for convening community stakeholders to develop protocols and processes that better address how the courts administer justice for those with mental illness and co-occurring behavioral health conditions.