January 17, 2017 -
Mental Health Treatment Court To Be Discussed at January 30 Public Presentation
Judge Coby Waddill and Probation Officer Tami Russell will be speaking about the Denton County Mental Health Treatment Court program at a public presentation Monday, January 30, 2017, in Flower Mound at the North Central Texas College (NCTC) Campus. The presentation will be 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the First Floor Lecture Hall of NCTC's campus building at 1200 Parker Square Road.
Judge Waddill, judge of Denton County Criminal Court # 5, presides over the Denton County Mental Health Treatment Court program, which is designed to help people who are charged with certain criminal offenses and who also have a diagnosed mental illness. Ms. Russell, a supervising probation officer, completes the screenings for program candidates and prepares a final report about each candidate regarding their suitability for the program. During the presentation, Judge Waddill and Ms. Russell will describe the screenings for acceptance into the Mental Health Treatment Court program as well as the requirements and benefits of graduating from the program.
Ms. Russell has 27 years' experience as a probation officer, much of that as supervisor of mental health cases. She is currently Chairperson of the Mental Health Treatment Court Workgroup of the Denton County Behavioral Health Leadership Team. Judge Waddill previously served on the Board for the Denton County MHMR Center from 2003 until 2015. Judge Waddill was licensed to practice law in 1999 and has been Board Certified in Criminal Law since 2005.
This public presentation is being hosted by NAMI Denton County, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI supports the establishment of mental health courts in Texas and other states, in the hope that these court programs will help promote recovery and reduce recidivism.
NAMI Denton County provides support group meetings in Denton and Lewisville for people living with mental health conditions and meetings and classes for their family members, friends and caregivers. NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness and their families and friends. For more information, visit the NAMI County website or call (469) 248-8789.