Kennebec Co-Occurring Court (2005–2008)

The Maine Co-Occurring Disorders Court is a specialized court docket for adults with co-occurring disorders who are involved with the criminal justice system. This court provides judicial oversight, strict monitoring, rapid access to specialized treatment, and case management services in lieu of jail – or provides a reduced sentence for successful completion.

This type of specialty court preserves public safety by establishing careful monitoring of the person in the community, requiring compliance with the program to remain in the community, and breaking the cycle of repeat offending rooted in untreated mental illness and substance abuse.

CCSME was involved in the initial planning for the CODC, has provided training to the Court’s multidisciplinary team, and continues to be represented on the steering committee.