Behavioral & Mental Health

Behavioral & Mental Health Attorneys in Lexington, KY 

In Kentucky, criminal cases involving individuals with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, or addiction can be heard by the state’s specialty courts. These have wide-ranging jurisdiction, and defendants can seek referral to them for necessary treatment instead of traditional penalties. Kentucky’s Specialty Courts are vital, as they connect people with resources to make positive life changes. 

At Landon Law, we sympathize with those with behavioral and mental health issues who are facing charges. If you believe that you, a relative, friend, child, or grandchild could benefit from being transferred to one of Kentucky’s Specialty Courts, reach out to us. We have helped many avoid unnecessary and harsh penalties and get the assistance and support they needed. We would gladly work to achieve a similar outcome for you or a loved one. 

Schedule a consultation with a Lexington behavioral and mental health attorney by calling (859) 237-7892 or reaching out online. We serve those in Bath, Clark, Montgomery, and Rowan Counties and other areas in Eastern Kentucky. 

What Are Kentucky’s Specialty Courts?

Many are unaware of Kentucky’s Department of Specialty Courts and its functions. We are here to provide important information about them. 

The department oversees three court programs: 

  • Drug Court: This program provides treatment and counseling for those charged with nonviolent crimes related to substance abuse. A person who completes the drug court program can have charges dismissed. 
  • Mental Health Court: This program is for individuals diagnosed with Axis I disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, and others. People can be eligible for the program regardless of whether they have a history of psychiatric hospitalizations.
  • Veterans Treatment Court: This program is exclusively for individuals who served in the military. It helps veterans struggling with the transition to civilian life, PTSD and other mental health issues, and substance abuse.

Each specialty court program features a judge, community representatives, treatment providers, criminal justice officials, and court staff. Together, they work to rehabilitate participants through counseling, treatment, goal setting, and more. 

Kentucky’s various Specialty Courts provide numerous benefits, including:

  • Reducing the likelihood of people becoming repeat offenders by helping them treat underlying issues that have caused them to commit offenses
  • Allowing participants to obtain and keep employment
  • Breaking the cycle of generational criminal behavior
  • Giving individuals fresh starts and enabling them to become healthy and productive community members

Who Is Eligible for Kentucky’s Specialty Courts?

Generally, any person struggling with behavioral or mental health problems is eligible for referral to the state’s Specialty Court Programs. 

The referral process involves:

  1. Submitting a referral form to the relevant county Specialty Court office. 
  2. Scheduling an assessment with the Specialty Court office. It is possible to schedule and complete the assessment if incarcerated. 
  3. Reviewing and signing the Participation Agreement. 

While the process only includes a few steps, it is still complicated. Collecting and submitting the right documents, participating in an assessment, and reviewing the participation agreement can be difficult for those unfamiliar with the law. This is why having an attorney as guide during the process is advantageous. 

Can Parents Have Their Children Referred to a Specialty Court?

If we are a good fit for your child’s case, we can work to see that they are referred to an appropriate court and have the opportunity to benefit from treatment, counseling, and other vital services. We also handle juvenile crime cases and can help your minor child access the state’s various programs, initiatives, and services that could be useful for overcoming challenges and making lasting changes. 

Turn to Landon Law with Your Case

Our behavioral and mental health lawyers in Lexington are prepared to help you, your child, or someone you love get back on the right track. Schedule a consultation to learn about Kentucky’s Specialty Courts and what our 20+ years of combined experience can offer you. 

Call (859) 237-7892 or reach out online today. 

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