Okaloosa Mental Health Court
Okaloosa County Courthouse Annex Extension
1940 Lewis Turner Boulevard
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Okaloosa County Mental Health Court was established in 2003. It is a specialized court docket for defendants with mental disabilities that substitutes traditional court processing with a problem-solving model. Participants are identified through specialized screening and assessments and voluntarily participate in a judicially supervised treatment plan developed jointly by a team of court staff and mental health professionals. Incentives reward adherence to the treatment plan and other court conditions, non-adherence may be sanctioned, and success or graduation is defined according to specific criteria.
Referrals can be made to the Mental Health Court Case Manager by judges, private attorneys, public defenders, state attorneys, or pretrial officers.
Mental Health Court is a minimum of one year in length regardless of a misdemeanor or a felony charge. However, this can be extended if a defendant demonstrates noncompliance or incurs new charges while in the program.