Elderly persons are coming in contact with our court system in greater numbers. They require guardianship services and, increasingly, relief from elder abuse and neglect. These matters are handled in different divisions of the Court of Appeals and Superior Court, and there is a need to develop integrated approaches to serve these and other vulnerable groups. Veterans visiting the Courts often have multiple needs that are best addressed in a coordinated manner. The Plan calls for the Courts to develop integrated approaches to ensure that such individuals are quickly identified and effectively served by the Courts through a seamless process.
To enhance public safety and address the needs of the District’s youth under probation supervision, the Superior Court’s Social Services Division, which serves as the District of Columbia’s juvenile probation department, will continue to provide innovative services, collaborating with local juvenile and criminal justice, child welfare, health, behavioral health, and education stakeholders. The community-based Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) Centers will continue to provide safe spaces for juvenile intervention programs. The Court will continue to engage agency partners on juvenile justice reform in the District and will seek to expand the Juvenile Behavioral Diversion Program (JBDP), which serves court-involved youth who have mental health challenges. The Courts will collaborate with stakeholders to address, when appropriate, victims of juveniles’ crimes.
Working with community partners, the Courts will continue efforts to ensure that persons with mental health issues who are involved or at risk of becoming involved in the justice system are identified, assessed, and linked with appropriate services. A court-based Urgent Care Clinic will continue to provide mental health and substance abuse assessments for individuals who exhibit symptoms of mental illness during court appearances.