An assigned forensic case manager links participants to treatment in the community. The case manager tracks participant progress and submits weekly reports to the MHDP team. Core members of the MHDP team (Judge Cooper, Assistant State’s Attorney, Public Defender, Parole and Probation Agent, Forensic Case Manager, and Office of Problem Solving Courts Coordinator) meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month to review all cases and problem solve.
MHDP Court is held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month in the District Court house. The Core MHDP team meets at 8:30 a.m. to discuss the cases. MHDP court begins at approximately 9 am. During court the Forensic Case Manager and Probation Officer report the participant’s status to the court. The Public Defender, Assistant State’s Attorney, and the participant also have the opportunity to comment as needed.
Early in the participant’s enrollment in MHDP, he/she is generally required to come to court every 2 weeks. Once he/she is successfully engaged in treatment and demonstrating stability, the frequency of court appearances decreases. The MHDP team also has strategic planning meetings on the 1st Wednesday of every month. Members from the following agencies join the core MHDP team for these meetings: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Health Department, Harford County Detention Center, and Core Service Agency.