Mary Woods

One Hour AT A Time

Mary Woods

  • Decriminalizing Mental Illness and Addiction: A Court’s approach to justice.

Decriminalizing Mental Illness and Addiction: A Court’s approach to justice.

Monday 7th July 2008

Explore a groundbreaking approach to mental health and addiction justice in One Hour At A Time podcast episode. Learn about Judge James H. Leary's experience and insights.
57 minutes
Informative
Hopeful
Empowering
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Transformative

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One Hour AT A Time
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Mary Woods
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Decriminalizing Mental Illness and Addiction: A Court's Approach to Justice

When the two systems combine in kind of a holistic way, there's really an opportunity to help both people with mental illness and addiction move forward in their lives, and you know that's starting to happen.
In the One Hour At A Time podcast episode, Judge James H. Leary shares his groundbreaking approach to mental health and addiction justice. The judge's insight and experience bring to light a crucial issue in today's society: the need for a holistic approach to treatment plans for co-occurring disorders.
The judge's experience has shown that when mental health and addiction treatment systems combine, individuals are given the opportunity to move forward in their lives and break the cycle of recurrent court involvement. The involuntary commitment legal process is also highlighted, and the importance of communication between the judicial system, police, and providers is emphasized. The judge's approach to adolescents and juveniles in the justice system is also explored, as well as the drug court program and its benefits.
The judge's sensitivity to co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse is evident throughout the episode, making it both informative and empowering. Listen to the episode now on alcoholfree.com and learn how to support individuals living with co-occurring disorders.