New Bloomington mental health court starting up

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TheIndyChannel on 10/11/2014 by AP

174197278_1409042932320_7561614_ver1.0_640_480BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A new Monroe County mental health court is aimed at keeping people mentally stable and out of trouble and the community safe, officials said.

The new court also should save tax dollars, county prosecutor Chris Gaal said at a news conference Friday.

Changes to Indiana’s criminal code encourage communities to offer treatment and rehabilitation services to low-level offenders through probation and community corrections programs, and state funding will help pay for the Monroe County pilot program, The Herald-Times reported .