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The Community Resource Court assists individuals who have been diagnosed with mental disorders and become defendents in the court system of Orange or Chatham county.

A collaboration with Judicial District 15-Orange and Chatham counties

The Community Resource Court, a program of the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health, addresses the needs of individuals with diagnosed mental disorders who become involved with the criminal courts in Orange or Chatham county. The program was formerly housed with the OPC area program.

Criteria for participation

  • The district attorney determines if the individual’s criminal charges fit the program’s criteria of working with nonviolent individuals.
  • The CRC clinician, housed at the Center, evaluates the client’s mental health issues and advises the district attorney on the recommendation for treatment.
  • Once approved, these individuals follow a treatment plan in community-based mental health organizations in Orange and Chatham counties, in lieu of serving actual jail or probation time. The client’s progress is monitored closely by CRC, the court system, and the mental health care provider.

For additional information contact:

UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health
Caroline Ginley, MSW, LCSW-A

James (Jim) White, BA
919.218.1325 or 919.962.1572

Research for Criminal Justice



District 15 Court Judge’s Office-Hillsborough
Pam Weiden, MA
Programs and Special Projects Manager
919. 644. 4659