Mar 28, 2008

Judge Morgan Accepts COMIO Award

Judge Morgan delivers an address at the COMIO award reception after recieving the "Best Practices" plaque from Secretary Tilton.

Last week at a reception in Monterey, Judge Morgan accepted an award from Secretary James Tilton that honored BHC as one of the first "Best Practices" award recipients from COMIO, the Council on Mentally Ill Offenders. Read the CDCR's press release for more information:

SEASIDE -- The Council on Mentally Ill Offenders (COMIO) announced the recipients of the first annual Best Practices awards today at its council meeting. Awards were given for “outstanding best practices” in the adult programs category to Behavioral Health Court, San Francisco Superior Court; Co-occurring Disorders Court, Orange County Superior Court; and Mental Health Treatment Court, Santa Clara County Superior Court. Recipients for juvenile programs included Client Assessment Recommendation Evaluation Project (C.A.R.E.), Los Angeles County Public Defender; and the Court for the Individualized Treatment of Adolescents, Santa Clara County Superior Court, Juvenile Delinquency Division.

“The Council has broken new ground this year by establishing and recognizing the Best Practices in serving mentally ill offenders,” said James Tilton, COMIO Chairperson and Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). “Persons with mental illness traditionally have been underserved and often end up in jail or prison due to few community alternatives and a lack of understanding of the needs of these individuals. These five projects show creative approaches to serving this population.”

BHC was proud to be among the programs represented at this awards ceremony and the Superior Court would like to extend a warm thanks to our partner agencies and treatment services for making the success of BHC, and this award, possible!

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