SAMH Task Force
Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Courts
The purpose of the Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Courts is to continue addressing the needs of individuals with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders who become involved in the justice system. In carrying out that purpose, the Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Courts shall perform its responsibilities consistent with The Long-Range Strategic Plan for the Florida Judicial Branch 2016-2021, including but not limited to Goal 1.5 (Encourage the use of consistent practices, procedures, and forms statewide), Goal 2.4 (Collaborate with justice system partners and community organizations to deliver appropriate services), and Goal 2.6 (Promote the use of innovative and effective problem-solving courts and alternative dispute resolution processes).
Administrative Order Establishing the Task Force: Supreme Court Administrative Order AOSC16-44
One-Page Summary: SAMH Task Force Overview
What are court committees?
Committees are the mechanism established by the Florida Supreme Court for developing consensus on appropriate judicial branch policies affecting the administration of justice. While the state courts system is administered by the chief justice and the Florida Supreme Court, the policy development strategy of the judicial branch is, in many respects, very collegial. Due to the nature of the judicial branch, the development and implementation of policies and procedures for the trial and appellate court involves a complex, and often lengthy, process. Committees may be appointed when a specific issue or concern is brought to the Florida Supreme Court’s attention, or when the Florida Supreme Court desires to evaluate and improve the court system’s performance in a particular area. Court committees make a vital contribution to the function of the judicial branch.