Maryland Courts

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a Mental Health Court, the same thing as a Drug Court?

No. While they both share similarities in the fact that they both adhere to the a problem-solving courts model, the emphasis in mental health court is mental wellness, while in drug court the emphasis is on substance abuse.

How many mental health courts are in the state and where are they?

There are currently three operational mental health courts in Maryland. They are in Prince George’s County, Harford County, and Baltimore City. For a listing o fall the Problem-Solving Courts in Maryland, Please click: www.mdcourts.gov/opsc/pdfs/map2009-operationalopscourts20090701.pdf

What is the process to get a Mental Health Court started in my jurisdiction?

The Chief Judge of the State created a process to begin a problem-solving court. Please click here for instructions on this: www.mdcourts.gov/opsc/pdfs/pscapplication.pdf