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Mental health court program could be on the way to Mississippi County

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

A new mental health court program could be on the way to Mississippi County.

County Judge Randy Carney said he spoke with several other judges in other counties that have already implemented the program and feels it could be beneficial to Mississippi County.

“What they're trying to do is prevent repeat offenders,” said Carney. “Get them the medications that they need, keep the clients on their medications, so they can become positive forces in our community.”

He said the program would also be beneficial to those who complete it.

“It's a very rigorous program,” said Carney. “If they complete the program and graduate the program, then their record is expunged.”

Carney said there is a $250,000 grant available to the county that will cover the cost of the program for 3 years.

The Quorum Court is set to vote on it on March 24.

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