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Important Documents

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David's Hope

Oct 30, 2010 – David’s Hope Mission/Vision/ Goals

Our non-profit organization David’s Hope was formed in April 2009. Our mission is to bring treatment rather than incarceration to individuals living with a mental illness. Arizona has one of the highest rates of incarceration of the mentally ill in the nation, being second only to the state of Nevada. In Arizona and across the United States, our jails and prisons have become our new asylums.

Our approach to this complex problem will require a multifaceted approach. Due to an extreme shortage of psychiatric treatment beds, many who require treatment are unable to get the help they need. Our goal is to educate the public regarding the urgent need for an increase in the number of psychiatric beds available to provide care for those who are in urgent need of ongoing mental health care.

David’s Hope is a faith based entity which encourages participation of those from all faiths and religious backgrounds. The principle upon which we base our mission is the belief that all men are created equal and that mankind has been created in the image of God. We believe that even though an individual has been convicted of a crime, the public good is served not by treating that man as an animal but by offering him the opportunity to learn, grow, and heal through rehabilitative treatment opportunities.

Our goal is to restore justice to the administration of justice, through fair and reasonable consideration of an individual’s mental condition and /or illness when a crime is committed by that person. We must assure these individuals do not present a threat to the public by committing them, when appropriate, to secure psychiatric hospitalization. In occasions when those individuals who have committed a crime due to uncontrolled or untreated symptoms of a mental illness are committed in a correctional setting, these inmates must be given the opportunity to undergo comprehensive psychiatric treatment.

Our criminal justice system most frequently cuts these mentally ill individuals off from appropriate mental health treatment. Through “forced plea deals” and mandatory minimum sentences, those who have technically violated the law due to their illness, are forced to accept responsibility for “willfully and intentionally” committing infractions of the law. In reality their only offense was to have had their mind fallen prey to the delusions and misperceptions created in their diseased mind by a very real, organic brain disease. We will work to increase the recognition and treatment of mental illness within our criminal justice system. Through education of those living with a mental illness, first responders, public defenders, prosecutors, judges, legislators and the general public; We are committed to bringing mental health treatment rather than incarceration to those afflicted with a mental disease.

For those persons with mental illness already incarcerated, we will advocate for recognition of their mental disease and demand humane and competent mental health treatment. We oppose the use of solitary confinement for all persons with mental illness. The use of this punitive and cruel type of incarceration is psychologically damaging for the sane as well as the sick. We will work to increase and promote the ability of clinicians in our jails and prisons to make accurate assessments of an inmate’s mental condition. This will include the keeping of accurate statistics on the numbers of those being confined and outcomes of treatments for inmates with a diagnosable mental illness. Through education and advocacy, we hope to bring the recognition of mental illness fully into the public arena. Common sense impels us to treat a disease of the brain as equal to the treatment of any organ of the human body and decency demands it.

Written by Mary Lou Brncik Founder David’s Hope 602-774-4382


Davids Hope Brochure Insert 2019

Addiction Treatment
Arizona Counties
Arizona Court Ordered Evaluation and Treatment

ARS Title 36 

Author: Elisa Donnadieu Esq.  2018


Author: Dr. Carol Olson, Chair of the Psychiatry Department, Maricopa Integrated Health System

Maricopa County

Court Ordered Evaluation and Treatment Process and Data Maricopa County

Author Sherrie Phenix, Maricopa Integrated Health Systems

Your rights in Court Ordered Evaluation and Treatment

Author: Maricopa County Public Advocate

Arizona Jails

Maricopa County

2017 Maricopa Jail info for Families

Author: Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

Maricopa County Jail Clinical Liaison Contact Info

Author: Correctional Health Services Maricopa County

MCSO Victim Assistance and Notification Unit

Author: Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

Suicide Prevention Program 2013

Author: Maricopa County Correctional Health Services

Arizona Specialty Courts

Coconino County Recovery Court

Author: Coconino County Superior Court

Mesa Community Court

Author: Mesa Municipal Court

Phoenix Specialty Courts

Author: Phoenix Municipal Court
Court Ordered Evaluation and Treatment
Criminal Justice - Mental Health Online Resources

Criminal Justice/Mental Health Online Resources – Revised 07/12/2013

Author: Florida’s Eleventh Judicial Circuit Criminal Mental Health Project


Crisis Intervention Team Core Elements

Author: Dupont, Cochran, Pillsbury

Filing a Petition for Court Ordered Evaluation and Treatment – Maricopa County

Author: Maricopa Integrated Health Systems

Author: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Author: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Options for Families

Author: Summit and Stephens

Crisis - Tools for System Change

Crisis Now: Transforming services is within our reach

Author: National  Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Crisis Services Task Force

Decisions In Law Enforcement Roundtables
Disability Resources

SOAR SSI/SSDI Access, Outreach and Recovery Criminal Justice Webinar ppt

A model for assisting eligible individuals to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

Juvenile Justice

Arizona’s Juvenile Court Counts

Author: David Redpath

Defending Childhood – executive summary

Author: Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence

Defending Childhood – full report

Author: Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence

Growing Up Locked Down

Author: Human Rights Watch and the ACLU

Kids in Cages featuring Michelle Deitch

Author: Rose Cahalan

Re-Directing Justice: The Consequences of Prosecuting Youth as Adults and the Need to Restore Judicial Oversight

Author: Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition

Police - Mental Health Collaboration

A National Overview of Offender Reentry

Author: Gary B. Kempker

Felon Disenfranchisement

Author: The Sentencing Project

Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee Weed and Seed Reentry Initiative

Author: U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona

LECC Reentry Initiative

Author: US Attorney’s Office AZ

Putting the Pieces Together

National Institute of Corrections

Reducing Crime & Generating Savings: Options for Arizona Policymakers

Author: Council of State Governments

Reducing Recidivism States Deliver Results

Author: National Reentry Resource Center

The Revolving Door of America’s Prisons

Author: Pew Center on the States

Removing Barriers to Treatment

Beyond Beds

Author: National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors and Treatment Advocacy Center

More Mentally Ill Persons Are in Jails and Prisons Than Hospitals: A Survey of the States

Author: Treatment Advocacy Center

No Room at the Inn

Author: Treatment Advocacy Center

Testimony of Dr. John Mark Hirshon

Author: Dr. Mark Hirshon

The Shortage of Public Hospital Beds for Mentally Ill Persons

Author: Treatment Advocacy Center

The State of Mental Health in America Report 2017

Author: Mental Health America

Sentencing Reform
Sequential Intercept Model

Sequential Intercept Model Brochure

Author: Policy Research Associates

Important Videos

David’s Hope leads the Arizona Mental Health and Criminal Justice Coalition and invites you to become a partner of the coalition. Our coalition members are invited to participate at any of the junctures where mental health and criminal justice intersect. Our work focuses on Crisis, Corrections, Reentry and Juvenile Justice. Conference call in is available. We invite you to join with us as we work to protect human rights for those with mental disabilities in our criminal justice system.

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