Intensive Treatment Mental Health Court (IT Court) is a specialty court program established to improve the response to individuals with serious mental illnesses who have come into contact with the criminal justice system.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Livingston County Resident
  • Non-violent offender
  • Diagnosed Severe Mental Health Disorder by Community Mental Health IT Court Case Manager


Defense Attorney fills out and submits IT Court Referral Packet


1st, 2nd, and 3rd Wednesdays of each month
NAMI on 4th Wednesday

Presided by

Judge L. Suzanne Geddis

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the goals of IT Mental Health Court?

One of the major goals of IT Mental Health Court is to provide you with the help and services needed so that you won’t offend again. Some of the ways we do this is by:

  • Linking offenders with serious mental illnesses to Community Mental Health services as quickly as possible.
  • Developing an individualized treatment plans for each participant.
  • Intensive supervision by the courts.
  • Expectations for adherence to all conditions and requirements.

How do I apply for admission to IT Mental Health Court?

​Admission into IT Court is a legal process, so please consult with your Defense Attorney. Your Defense Attorney will work with the Prosecutors Office to determine eligibility.

Your Defense Attorney will pick up an IT Court packet from the courtroom. You will consult with your Defense Attorney regarding the requirements and enter a plea for IT Court. Once the appropriate forms are filled out and returned to the Court, the IT Court Team will look at your case to determine if you will be admitted into the Program.

What should I do while my admission is considered?

​You will be provided the information to get into contact with the IT Court Resource Coordinator to schedule a Program Orientation so that you can get more information about IT Court and can ask any questions you may have. In addition, you will be given a referral form to complete your clinical eligibility assessment at Livingston County Community Mental Health.

Why would I want to participate in IT Mental Health Court?

​The IT Court team will help you to access supportive services for which you qualify. In addition, the required treatment is designed to help you achieve and maintain the stability of your mental illness. The goal is that you will continue to utilize these skills even after mental health court is completed so that you do not get arrested again.

Who are the members of IT Mental Health Court?

​Judge Suzanne Geddis
Prosecutors Office Representative
Public Defenders Office Representative
MDOC Probation
District Court Probation
CMH Case Manager
Community Treatment Provider
Peer Support Specialist
Sheriff’s Office
Specialty Courts and Programs Administrator
Resource Coordinator

How long does the program last?

​The length of the Program is based on each participant’s progress in identified problem areas as described in measurable terms on their individualized treatment plan. This typically takes between 18 months and 24 months, with the average time being approximately 18 months.

Will IT Mental Health Court help with housing and transportation?

​Yes. IT Court has a CMH Case Manager and a Resource Coordinator who works with each participant to assist them in meeting their immediate needs such as housing, transportation, medical insurance, and any other needs.

Program Information Contact
Sara Applegate
Specialty Courts and Programs Administrator
(517) 540-7664

Referral & Orientation Contact
Jessica Brzys
Intensive Treatment (IT) Mental Health Court Coordinator
(517) 540-7260

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