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As a general rule, Mental Health Court participants are expected to be drug free, including the unauthorized use of prescription medication.
If your doctor prescribes medication, you must bring in the prescription to your probation officer as well as the drug testing facility. You will then sign a release so that your probation officer can verify the prescription. While in Mental Health Court, you must use one doctor or one dentist and one pharmacy. We also require that you notify the medical professional of your addiction and that you request non-narcotic pain medications when a prescription is being recommended. For further questions, contact Mental Health Court at 208-446-1219.
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In general, if you have a serious medical condition you will not be excluded from Mental Health Court. You must be willing to fully disclose your condition and medical care to the treatment providers and Mental Health Court team. If you are taking a prescribed medication for your condition, you must continue to do so. Although we can be flexible and work around your condition, you must be able to engage in and complete treatment. For further information, contact us at 208-446-1219.
You will be required to participate fully in the program to graduate from Mental Health Court. This will include:
Contact the Mental Health Court at 208-446-1219 for more information.
If you need to travel outside Kootenai County, you must first contact your probation officer to request permission to leave. As a condition of travel, the probation officer my require you to submit to a drug test prior to leaving and immediately upon return. Another condition may be that a treatment group not be missed. If a treatment group would be missed, further permission from your treatment provider would be required. Call Mental Health Court at 208-446-1219 for any follow-up questions.
If you do not comply with the treatment tasks, probation conditions, or do not attend mandatory meetings, the Judge will sanction your actions. Possible sanctions include but are not limited to:
Any further questions about sanctions should be directed to the Mental Health Court office at 208-446-1219.
You will be required to provide ongoing random urine samples to monitor your progress. A same-sex employee at the testing facility will supervise you when you give a specimen. Urinalysis reports are documented and available to the court. Any positive urine screens, tampered samples or refusal to provide a sample may be grounds for sanctions from the judge.
Poppy seeds are a concentrated form of opium and should not be eaten, Some "power drinks" contain pseudoephedrine and are not to be taken. Your recovery is important. Staying away from these items will not only give you clean tests, it will keep substances out of your system which may trigger old addictions.
You must be very careful not to ingest:
Contact us at 208-446-1219 for any other questions regarding drug screening.
You may relapse during this program, but that just means you have more work to do. It does not necessarily mean, however, that you will be terminated from the program. The Mental Health Court team understands that addiction is a devastating disease which consumes you. All we ask is that you are honest and tell us if it happens. That way the team can make sure the program is fitting your needs, or if you need something different or something more.
Contact the Mental Health Court Coordinator for any concerns you may have.
If you are terminated from Mental Health Court you will appear before the assigned District Judge for possible imposition of sentence and service of the remainder of your prison sentence in the state penitentiary.
You can reach out to Mary Wolfinger at 208-446-12189 for more information.
Participants of the Mental Health Court should maintain group accountability by reporting any rule violations. If one client knows that another client is breaking the rules and doesn't report it, both clients could be sanctioned including loss of phase points. Contact Mary Wolfinger at 208-446-1219 for more information.
Some of the standard conditions of probation in Mental Health Court are as follows:
Contact the Mental Health Court Coordinator for more information.