Mental Health and Court Services

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Providing Positive Opportunities for Court-Involved Individuals

A contract between Alliance Behavioral Healthcare (formerly The Durham Center) and CJRC outlines a number of adult and juvenile mental health services funded through Alliance and provided by CJRC staff.

CJRC staff at the youth detention center provides Brief therapy, supportive counseling and substance use/mental health screening to determine treatment needs. Upon release, youth are referred to ongoing treatment and ancillary services as determined by staff

A psychologist provides psychological evaluations for adult and juvenile criminal court, the Department of Social Services and for civil processes.

Clinicians located in the Durham County Jail provide mental health screenings of inmates to determine their need for services in the jail and after discharge. Prior to release, a jail discharge planner makes referrals to appropriate treatment agencies to connect the inmates to needed services in the community. This can include initial prescription drug regimens for the first 30 days after release.

In July 2011, CJRC assumed operation of the Adult Drug Treatment Court for Durham after all funding for drug courts was eliminated in the state budget. Drug Treatment Court provides for the engagement of court-ordered treatment services to offenders whose adjudication was a direct result of drug dependencies.


For additional information on Mental Health and Court Services, please contact:
Peter Baker, Assistant Director for Jail and Court Services
Phone (919) 560-0505
Fax (919) 560-0504
326 E. Main St, Durham, NC 27701