The mission of the Judicial Commission on Mental Health is to engage and empower court systems through collaboration, education, and leadership, thereby improving the lives of individuals with mental health needs, substance use disorders, or intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
2022-23 Biennial Report to the Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Mapping Our Progress
We invite you to take a look back at the progress the JCMH made in 2022-23 in our new Biennial Report to the Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. “Mapping Our Progress” provides a panoramic view of the initiatives, programs, and significant achievements that have shaped the path of JCMH toward fostering a more compassionate, responsive, and inclusive judicial system for individuals with mental health challenges or intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
Welcome new commissioners!
On December 12th, 2023, the Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas Court of Criminals Appeals signed the order appointing 52 members to the Judicial Commission on Mental Health. Commissioners include judges at all levels of the judiciary, attorneys, legislators, mental health experts, and advocates.
Commissioners are appointed for a term of three years, effective January 1, 2024.
Celebrating 5 Years of the JCMH
In 2018, the the Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals sat together for the first time to heard from judges, attorneys, psychiatrists, veterans, law enforcement, and individuals and family members who have been affected by mental health challenges and intellectual and developmental disabilities. One month later, the JCMH was established.
Now, five years later, we are taking a look back at what our Commission has accomplished.
VIDEO: Mental Health Court Webinar
Do you want to start a mental health court in your county but don't know where to begin?
Watch the replay of our May 31, 2023 webinar. JCMH Jurist-in-Residence Judge Brent Carr explains what a mental health court is and how it can help your community, then answers audience questions about how to get started.
We also showed an in-depth video to give you guidance on starting your own mental health court program. Three experts explain how they started their courts and how to keep them running smoothly. From understanding the concept of a mental health court to finding funding and registering the court, we walk you through the process.