Briggs Attorneys Partner with Ramsey County Mental Health Court

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April 12, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN – (April 12, 2011) – Briggs and Morgan, P.A. recently partnered with the Ramsey County Mental Health Court (MHC) in an effort to provide pro bono legal services to mentally ill individuals facing criminal charges. Organized by firm president Alan H. Maclin and pro bono services coordinator James J. Long, firm associates Michael C. Wilhelm and W. Knapp Fitzsimmons were recruited to help provide MHC participants with the legal representation they needed.

Formed in 2005, the Ramsey County MHC works with Ramsey County Human Services to facilitate access to existing mental health and social services programs for MHC participants. The program is voluntary and offers those charged with a crime an alternative to purely criminal sanctions. To date, the program has helped more than 200 participants facing criminal charges in Ramsey County spend less time in jail, and a majority of those who have completed the program say they have gone on to lead better lives and have a better sense of emotional well-being.

A full description of the program history was highlighted in the April edition of the Barrister, which can be found here.