Contact Us:

Court Coordinator: Norman Embry

Phone: 208-254-0603


Fax: 208-883-7203

Presiding Judge: The Honorable John Judge

P.O. Box 8068

Moscow, ID 83843

Phone: 208-882-8580

Fax: 208-883-2259


Mental Health Court Schedule:

Staffing: 1st-4th Monday’s at 3:00pm

Court: 1st-4th Monday’s at 4:00pm

Location: 522 S. Adams Street, Courtroom 1

Zoom Information:

            Meeting ID: 979 2030 0806

            Passcode: 519877

Phase 1+2: Attends court the 1st-4th Monday’s of the month

Phase 3: Attends court the 1st and 3rd Monday’s of the month

Phase 4+5: Attends court the 1st Monday of the month

Drug Testing:

Mental Health Court requires random and frequent testing on all participants who are in the program. Testing occurs on a random basis on any days during the week, weekends and holidays. Participants will call the UA line every single day according to the procedure set by their program. All positive tests are sent in for confirmation.

Location of Testing: Weeks & Vietri 818 S. Washington Street

       Time of Testing: 10:30am-12:00pm

       Phone Number: 208-298-5217

Participants may request to drug test at another location in District 2. Please reach out to the Coordinator for more information.


What is Mental Health Court?: Mental Health Court is designed for high risk/high need offenders who are suffering from severe and persistent mental illness. Mental Health Court provides intensive outpatient treatment, medication management, individual and group counseling, increased supervision and weekly  review hearings with the Mental Health Court Judge. Mental Health Court is designed to keep mentally ill offenders out of the prison system. Mental Health Court follows evidence based practice in the design and implementation of their programs. Participants are expected to follow program rules and participate in treatment. The length of the program ranges between  17-24 months long followed by a period of supervised probation of at least 6 months. Upon graduation, participants may receive a reduction in sentence, dismissal or avoid imposition of sentence and/or prison (riders). Participants are subject to sanctions and incentives depending on their progress in the program.

When did the program start?: 2012


Mental Health Court Team Members:

·        Judge John Judge

·        Prosecutor: Brad Rudley

·        Public Defender: Sandra Lockett, Deborah McCormick, Catherine Mabbutt, Reed Brevig

·   Treatment Providers (Department of Health and Welfare): Mackenzie Garrisson, Lana Scheurman, Shannon Jones, Doug Olps, Angela Rhett, Benjamin Elger

·        Idaho Department of Corrections Probation & Parole: Norman Embry


Latah County Mental Health Court currently partners with The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Their office is located at 1350 Troy Rd. , Moscow ID. Upon initial application to Mental Health Court, the participant will meet with one of the counselors at DHW for a mental health evaluation. Based upon the assessment recommendations and acceptance to the program, the participant will be assigned groups and an individual counselor. All participants must apply for Medicaid.

How to apply:

Anyone may refer a person to Mental Health Court. Typically, a defendant’s attorney will refer their client to the program. If you would like to refer your client to Mental Health Court, please review our eligibility requirements first, then fill out the referral form below and submit to If the defendant’s case is out of county, please check with the coordinator first to see if they are accepting out of county cases at that time.

           Referral Form Latah County Treatment Court Referral Form - 6/2023



·      Must be currently charged with a felony or misdemeanor offense related to their mental illness or a felony probation violation related to mental illness

·        LSI between 18-40

·        Assessment indicating a severe and persistent mental illness

·              Bipolar

·              Major Depression (Severe/Recurrent)

·              Schizophrenia

·              Psychotic Disorder

·        Cannot have pled, found guilty, adjudicated or charged with a felony sex offense (juvenile or adult)

·        Charges must be related to lack of managing mental illness

·        Violent charges are reviewed on a case by case basis

·        Pled guilty to charges as agreed upon by the Prosecuting Attorney and the Defense Attorney



After being referred to Mental Health Court, the Coordinator will make contact with the defendant for a screening to further determine eligibility. After completing the screening the defendant will meet with a Probation Officer for an LSI Evaluation. Upon completing the LSI, the defendant will meet with a representative from the Department of Health and Welfare for a mental health evaluation. After all of these appointments are completed, the defendant’s case will be presented to the Latah County Mental Health Court Team during staffing. Determining of Mental Health Court eligibility is completed within 4-8 weeks.

If the defendant is accepted:

1.     Defendant must enter a guilty plea or plead guilty to their probation violations

2.     Defendant, attorney, prosecutor, drug court judge will sign the contract and file with the drug court clerk

3.     Defendant, attorney, prosecutor will sign the disposition agreement and file with the drug court clerk

4.     All documents must be completed at change of plea/sentencing/disposition, please complete the contract and file with the court.

If the defendant is denied, their case is returned to their sentencing judge for further proceedings.


How long does Mental Health Court last and what are the expectations?

Mental Health Court length is determined by the participant’s progress, but is a minimum of 17 months and consists of:

·        Weekly Review Hearings

·        Substance Use Treatment (individual counseling and group counseling)

·        Intensive community supervision (felony probation)

·        Referrals to housing, education, vocational training, employment, specialized counseling

·        Random and frequent drug testing

·        Rewards and sanctions are used to change behaviors

·        Upon graduation- 6 months of supervised probation minimum

What happens if a participant violates their contract or probation while in Mental Health Court?

·        Verbal Warning

·        Paper

·        Curfew Reduction

·        Increased Supervision

·        Community Service

·        GPS Monitoring

·        Jail

·        Termination

What happens if a participant is terminated from Mental Health Court?

A participant may be terminated from the program for failure to comply with their contract. The Mental Health Court team decides whether or not to terminate a participant from the program. The Judge makes the final determination in the case of terminating a participant from the program. If the team decides to terminate, the participant’s probation officer will submit a probation violation to the defendant’s original judge. The participant will return before their original judge for a PV disposition hearing and sentencing.


What happens if the participant graduates from the program?

Upon graduation, the participant will return back to supervision under Felony Probation and Parole for a minimum of six months. Once they have graduated from Mental Health Court, they are no longer in the Mental Health Court program. Mental Health Court graduates may speak with their probation officer and/or attorney if they would like to be released from supervision earlier. Ultimately, the disposition agreement will dictate what occurs upon graduation from Mental Health Court. 

Mental Health Court Documents:

Referral Form - Latah County Treatment Court Referral Form - 6/2023

Out of County Transfer Documents

Expectations  -  Latah County program expectations 2022

Trial Court Administrator

Roland Gammill
P. O. Box 896
Lewiston, ID 83501
Telephone 208-799-3077
Fax 888-789-3193

Merilynn Scharnhorst - Deputy Trial Court Administrator
Telephone 208-799-3056

Judicial Branch - State of Idaho State of Idaho

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