Genesis Philanthropy Increases Financial Support Of Scott County Mental Health Court
Genesis Philanthropy is pleased to announce it will continue financial support of the Scott County Mental Health Court.
The board of directors of Genesis Philanthropy voted Thursday to increase sponsorship of the court to $75,000 for the next year. Genesis Philanthropy initially donated $50,000 for first-year costs.
“We’re pleased to be able to help even more people with behavioral health issues to avoid incarceration by getting them the help and community services they really need,’’ said Missy Gowey, executive director, Genesis Health Foundation. “The Scott County Mental Health Court has been a great success story in its first year as a pilot project.''
As of May 30, the Scott County Mental Health Court has successfully changed the lives of 15 clients, meeting the goals for the first year.
• Of 61 screened clients, 13 were accepted into the program
• 100 percent of clients now have access to services, including 24-hour support
• One male client reconnected with family
• One female client is now volunteering at an animal shelter
• Participation in the program has saved Scott County $160,000 so far in jail costs
“This program is changing lives,’’ said Leslie Kilgannon of Quad Cities Interfaith, one of the agencies that formed the court plan. “We are breaking the cycle of crisis to jail and back again.’’
“Behavioral health is not about inpatient treatment, or jails and prisons, but should be focused on preventive care and linking the behavioral health population with appropriate services before there are serious issues, criminal convictions and jail terms,’’ said Ken Croken, chief marketing officer, Genesis Health System.
Mental Health Courts are designed to reduce the number of persons with mental illnesses in the criminal court system, reduce the numbers of criminal convictions of people with mental illness and to reduce the number of people in prisons and jails who may be better served by diversion to a path of behavioral health. Mental Health Courts identify underlying mental health issues contributing to criminal behavior.
According to Scott County Jail officials, about 30 percent of inmates are receiving psychiatric medication and are in need of mental health treatment.
Scott County Mental Health Court has five levels of supervision that include periodic probation appointments and court reviews. Level 5 is graduation from the program, and any charges are dismissed.