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June 14, 2024 3:53 am

Mental Health Courts Can Struggle to Fulfill Decades-Old Promise

By Sam Whitehead, Kaiser Health News GAINESVILLE, Ga. — In early December, Donald Brown stood nervously in the Hall County Courthouse, concerned he’d be sent back to jail. The 55-year-old struggles with depression, addiction, and suicidal thoughts. He worried a judge would terminate him from a special diversion program meant to keep people with mental illness …