The Mission of the Cheshire County Behavioral Health Court Program (CCBHCP) is to provide an effective and meaningful alternative to the traditional justice system for criminal court-involved individuals with severe and persistent mental health disorders, including substance use disorders. Serving as a bridge between the local criminal justice and mental health systems, the program promotes prompt intervention and ease of access to education, treatment, and recovery in order to improve the quality of clients’ lives while maintaining accountability for criminal conduct, reducing recidivism, and improving community safety.
The Cheshire County Behavioral Health Court (CCBHC) is composed of two programs:
The Alternative Sentencing Program (ASP) was established in 2001 and was the first problem solving court program in New Hampshire. ASP works with individuals that have been diagnosed with a substance use disorder and have been charged with a criminal offense.
The Mental Health Court provides an alternative to the traditional court system by emphasizing a problem-solving model and connecting individuals diagnosed with a mental health disorder and/or substance use disorder to a variety of rehabilitative services and support networks.