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Mental Health Diversion Court
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Mission Statement:

The mission of the Tarrant County Mental Health Diversion Court is to advocate for incarcerated persons with mental illness and to provide access to mental health treatment, community resources, and support to reduce their involvement in the criminal justice system.

With advocacy and support, the Mental Health Diversion Court helps participants improve mental health stability and self-sufficiency, strive to reach their full potential, and live a law-abiding life. The Mental Health Diversion Court protects the community by providing a continuum of care that holds individuals accountable and establishes long-term recovery.

Criteria for Participation

· At least 18 years old

· Active misdemeanor or felony case

· Have at least one priority/ non-priority population diagnosis, including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and/or anxiety disorder.

· Non-violent Offense

· No Active Cases

· Must plead guilty to the pending offense.

Local Mental Health Resources

Resources for information and assistance with mental health issues include:

MHMR of Tarrant County (MHMR): 3840 Hulen Street, North Tower, Fort Worth, TX 76107.  Their main number is 817-569-4300.  MHMR of Tarrant County provides a crisis line with emergency mental health support, referrals, and information, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 817-335-3022 or 1-800-866-2465.

Trinity Springs Pavilion for Psychiatric Services, 1500 South Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76104.  817-702-3636

Internet resources for additional information regarding mental illness:

MHMR of Tarrant County (MHMR)

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Mental Health America of Greater Tarrant County (MHA)

Mental Health Connection of Tarrant County  

Contact Us

Mental Health Diversion Court

401W. Belknap

Fort Worth, TX 76196

Honorable Judge Deborah Nekhom County Criminal Court 4

Honorable Judge David Cook County Criminal Court 1

Magistrate Anna Hernandez


Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Mental Health Court Manager Shaquayla Burns                       817-884-3481

Mental Health Coordinator Pam Cole                                     817-212-6805

Case Manager Alexandria Hughes                                             817-884-2016