GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) The Pitt County Behavioral Health Treatment Court team and advisory board have announced that Pitt County’s Behavioral Health Treatment Court will hold its first session of court this week.
The BHTC combines court supervision with mental health treatment by including members from the criminal justice system and mental health treatment agencies.
This collaborative relationship will help ensure that qualifying individuals obtain appropriate treatment and services and that they maintain treatment and services as they transition back into community life.
“The BHTC has been a dream of many in our community for years,” said Pitt County District Court Judge Wendy S. Hazelton. “Several stakeholders from both the criminal justice and mental health communities have been working hard since June 2019 to make this court a reality.”
In addition, there is a wide range of community participation on the BHTC team and advisory board including:
- Wendy S. Hazelton, district court judge
- Faris Dixon, district attorney
- P. Gwynett Hilburn, chief district court judge (ret.)
- Sara Beth Fulford Rhodes, clerk of the superior court
- Michael Cavanagh, assistant public defender
- Tracy Gatling, chief probation/parole officer
- John Bancroft, mental health probation officer
- Nyaisa Ten, mental health probation officer
- Rev. Dr. Rodney Coles Sr., CEO, Churches Outreach Network
- Keith W. Cooper, executive director, The Benevolence Corps., president, Eastern North Carolina Regional Association of Black Social Workers
- Keith Letchworth, systems of care coordinator, Trillium Health Resources (Dare, Nash, and Pitt counties)
- Nancy Ray, assistant clerk of court
- Megan Hartzog, BHTC coordinator and drug court case manager
- Christine Spencer, president, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI),
- Barry Dixon, CEO, Dixon Social Interactive Services