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Long-awaited Marion County mental health court up and running

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Marion County now has a mental health alternative court.

Efforts to get the court in Indianapolis began back in 2012.

With a jump start from the United Way of Central Indiana, the prosecutor and lawmakers, the court began operating in January 2015.

On Wednesday, the court became a full-time part of the county’s criminal court system.

It handles cases involving those convicted of a crime who are in need of care beyond the prison system.

Those going through the mental health alternative court must serve their full sentences.

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