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First mental health court in Miss.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Officials in Hattiesburg say Mississippi's first behavioral health court will be located in the city.

The Hattiesburg American reports the new program will specifically target the special needs of misdemeanor offenders, suffering with mental health issues.

Behavioral health court coordinator Dorothea Van Buren says the program should begin this summer.

It was made possible with a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

The behavioral court will offer treatment and special initiatives for those who come through the Municipal Court system.

Van Buren said experts at Pine Belt Mental Health will evaluate each candidate for the program before they are accepted.

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