New Cobb County Accountability Court

MARIETTA — Commissioners responded favorably to a Tuesday presentation about a new accountability court for people with mental health issues.
The program is aimed at reducing repeat offenders.
Cobb State Court Judge Marsha Lake said she has seen people charged with misdemeanors who suffer from mental illness, but the court can’t help them.
‟When they come to a court of law we’re almost at a standstill because we are not trained ourselves to treat them, and they’re leaving the floor without receiving any treatment whatsoever,” Lake said.
Lake said she will work with Cobb Solicitor General Barry Morgan and law enforcement to put people charged with misdemeanors who are determined to have a mental illness through a 12-to 24-month program that will reintegrate them into society.
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When a life starts to unravel, where do you turn for help?

Melissa Klump began to slip in the eighth grade. She couldn’t focus in class,
and in a moment of despair she swallowed 60 ibuprofen tablets. She was
smart, pretty and ill: depression, attention deficit disorder, obsessivecompulsive
disorder, either bipolar disorder or borderline personality disorder.

In her 20s, after a more serious suicide attempt, her parents sent her to a
residential psychiatric treatment center, and from there to another. It was
the treatment of last resort. When she was discharged from the second center
last August after slapping another resident, her mother, Elisa Klump,
was beside herself.

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Mental Health Court Program Starts in Gwinnett

Mental illness shouldn’t be a life sentence. It can be, though, for people whose conditions go untreated and who become stuck in the revolving door of the criminal justice system. Read more about the new mental health court program starting in Gwinnett.