Behavioral Health Court
The Behavioral Health Court (BHC) is a collaboration among the Court, Douglas County District Attorney’s Office, Criminal Justice Services, Defense Attorneys, Local law enforcement, Bert Nash Behavioral Health, substance abuse treatment providers and other community-based treatment.
The Douglas County Behavioral Health Court was established to more effectively address the needs of defendants with serious mental illness who cycle through the court, detention, and mental health systems.
Presiding Judge: The Honorable Sally Pokorny
The mission of the Behavioral Health Court of Douglas County is to connect defendants with community support services and reduce criminal involvement of defendants who experience serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders, thereby enhancing public health and safety.
- Less time in jail and less interaction with criminal justice system
- Connect participants to mental health treatment and community support servivces
- Improve participants' quality of life
- Increase public safety
- Improve justice systems and mental health coordination