IL Supreme Court certifies Problem-Solving courts

Published: Monday 11th of December 2017

Chief Judge Paul P. Gilfillan is pleased to announce that on December 5, 2017, he received notification that the Illinois Supreme Court certified the Peoria County Mental Health, Veterans' and Drug Problem-Solving Courts. Members of the Special Supreme Court Advisory Committee for Justice and Mental Health Planning, along with the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts ("AOIC"), completed a review of the applications, policies and procedures, handbooks and all other supporting materials and found these three problem-solving courts to be in full compliance with the Illinois Supreme Court Problem-Solving Courts Standards. In addition, AOIC staff completed a site visit of the Mental Health, Veterans', and Drug Problem Solving Courts that included observation of staffing and court proceedings and interviews of the members of the Problem-Solving Court teams.

Marcia Meis, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, states:

"On behalf of the Court, I commend Peoria County for implementing evidence-based practices proven to provide participants with necessary treatment and community interventions to reduce the risk of recidivism while enhancing public safety. Again, congratulations on this achievement."

In November 2015, the Illinois Supreme Court adopted statewide standards to bring uniformity, accountability and administrative oversight to problem solving courts in Illinois. Problem-Solving courts provide an alternative forum for certain individuals in the criminal justice system such as those with mental illness or substance abuse disorders. These courts utilize a collaborative, therapeutic approach with justice professionals partnering with community treatment providers to address an individual's underlying behavioral health issues.