From 2008-2016 Judge Lisa Allen has presided over the Hamilton County Municipal Court Mental Health Docket. Since her election to the Court of Common Pleas, she has presided over its Mental Health Docket. Mental health courts focus on the treatment and rehabilitation of offenders with a history of serious mental illness, which is oftentimes the root cause of the person’s criminal involvement. Some of the goals of mental health court dockets include:

  • Diverting non-violent offenders out of the traditional criminal justice track
  • Reducing the length of confinement for offenders with serious mental illness
  • Improving the mental health and well-being of the participants
  • Increasing access to treatment services
  • Creating effective working relationships between the treatment and criminal justice systems
  • Improving public safety by reducing recidivism
  • Relieving jail and prison overcrowding