FIRST CANDIDATE GRADUATES FROM LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH COURT
BELLINGHAM—Whatcom County Mental Health Court Programs celebrated their first participant graduation in Bellingham Municipal Court on November 8th.
The Mental Health Court Programs are housed in the Whatcom County Health Department and operate in both the Bellingham Municipal Court and the Whatcom County District Court. Bellingham Municipal Court Commissioner Pete Smiley, who presides over the program’s specialized calendars in Bellingham’s cases, stated:
“Studies have shown that mental health courts reduce crime, reduce incarceration, and save public resources. After years of hard work and cooperation, we are now experiencing those results locally. Our first graduate has been a model member of the Mental Health Court Program. A person who had a long criminal record is now healthy, law-abiding, and giving back to the community through extensive volunteer efforts. I could not be more proud of her.”