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Bonneville County mental health court chosen as training site for national program


IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Bonneville County's mental health court is one of four chosen as training sites for a national program.

District Judge Joel Tingey meets with participants in mental health court every Thursday, monitoring their progress and imposing sanctions when needed, the Post Register reported (

Graduates of the program are then tracked through probation, which District Seven Mental Health Court coordinator Eric Olsen says combines efforts of parole and probation officers as well as counselors.

"To make us a learning site, they probably saw everyone working together, like probation and counseling, and saw that was pretty unique," Olson said.

Olsen said video of Bonneville County mental health court is used in training across the country, and he's helped start or improve similar systems in other areas.

Tingey said this is the second time the county has been chosen to be part of the National Criminal Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Learning Sites Program.

"It's nice to have that affirmation," Tingey said.

He says the mental health court has a lower rate of recidivism than the county's two other specialty courts.

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