Source: (2013) Mental Health Law & Policy Journal. 2:117-151.

Recently, therapeutic jurisprudence scholars and advocates have moved beyond examining whether therapeutic courts work and have begun to examine how courts can work more efficiently. In keeping with that focus, this article examines the resource and funding challenges that drug courts and mental health courts have faced in recent years. Part II of this article will examine the importance of documenting operational costs and the role that diversification of funding plays in the long-term success of therapeutic courts, with an emphasis on how these two practices affect drug courts. Part III of this article focuses on mental health courts and their innovation in obtaining resources in communities where they are lacking. The author hopes by spotlighting therapeutic court challenges and innovation, this article may help struggling or new therapeutic courts develop ideas related to funding and resource acquisition. (excerpt)