Gov't Code Section 125.003
(a)A mental health court program established under Section 125.002 (Authority to Establish Program):
(1)may handle all issues arising under Articles 16.22 (Early Identification of Defendant Suspected of Having Mental Illness or Intellectual Disability) and 17.032 (Release on Personal Bond of Certain Defendants with Mental Illness or Intellectual Disability), Code of Criminal Procedure, and Chapter 46B (Incompetency to Stand Trial), Code of Criminal Procedure; and
(A)ensure a person eligible for the program is provided legal counsel before volunteering to proceed through the mental health court program and while participating in the program;
(B)allow a person, if eligible for the program, to choose whether to proceed through the mental health court program or proceed through the regular criminal justice system;
(C)allow a participant to withdraw from the mental health court program at any time before a trial on the merits has been initiated;
(D)provide a participant with a court-ordered individualized treatment plan indicating the services that will be provided to the participant; and
(E)ensure that the jurisdiction of the mental health court extends at least six months but does not extend beyond the probationary period for the offense charged if the probationary period is longer than six months.
(b)The issues shall be handled by a magistrate, as designated by Article 2.09 (Who Are Magistrates), Code of Criminal Procedure, who is part of a mental health court program established under Section 125.002 (Authority to Establish Program).
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