Evaluation of the Sarasota County Mental Health Court and Juvenile Assessment Center

About the Project

Staff from the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the University of South Florida will conduct an evaluation of Sarasota County's Mental Health Court (MHC) and Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) to help determine how effectively the programs have been in reducing recidivism and providing access to treatment for program participants.  Several key activities will be conducted as part of the process evaluation. These include: (1) interviews with key personnel from the MHC and the JAC, (2) a review of key documents related to MHC and the JAC, and (3) analysis of Medicaid, IDS, Baker Act, Department of Juvenile Justice, and Department of Law Enforcement arrest data.

Principal Investigator

John Petrila, JD, LLM

Funding Agency

Sarasota County Health Department

Award Amount



04/01/2010 - 09/30/2010