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Senators impressed by judges

Senators on the Health & Welfare Committee were so impressed by a presentation from 1st District Judge John T. Mitchell from Coeur d’Alene and 7th District Judge Brent Moss from Idaho Falls that they want to see the two judges’ “mental health courts” expanded statewide. The courts, like Idaho’s drug courts, provide specialized services to drug offenders who also suffer from mental health problems.

Mitchell told the panel the clients at his court have made great progress. “The change in them has been incredible, and it’s only been four months,” he said. “I can’t wait to see what they’ll be like in six months.”

Here, the two judges, Moss, left, and Mitchell, right, address the committee. After hearing from the judges, Senate Health & Welfare Chairman Dick Compton, R-Coeur d’Alene, said the program should be “enthusiastically supported.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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