Referral Process

Thank you for your interest in submitting a referral to the Spokane Regional Mental Health Court (SRMHC).

As of December 18, 2020, we are currently accepting referrals for city and county probation cases as well as stipulated orders of continuance (SOCs) for both city and county cases.

Though our referrals are most frequently submitted by attorneys, anyone can make a referral to our program, including family members and defendants themselves. Prior to sending a referral, the prospective participant’s legal team should thoroughly explain the program requirements and expectations as detailed in the Participant Handbook. Once we receive the referral form with required Pre-Acceptance ROI, we will reach out to providers for medical records to confirm the prospective participant has a qualifying mental health diagnosis. We will also complete a criminal background check to determine further eligibility for our program.  
 
 Once a qualifying mental health diagnosis has been confirmed via medical records, we will reach out to prospective participants and schedule a time for a risk assessment session with one of the case managers.  This assessment will determine whether the individual falls into the Moderate Risk/Moderate Need or High Risk/High Need category, and thereby eligible for SRMHC. At that meeting, SRMHC staff will have the prospective participant take the risk assessment and ask any questions they may have regarding their potential commitment to SRMHC. 
 
 After the session is completed, prospective participants who meet the qualifying criteria will be staffed by the entire SRMHC team before a final decision is rendered.

Should you have any questions regarding this process, please contact the SRMHC Office at (509) 477-2230 or SRMHC@SpokaneCounty.org.

Hans Horstketter
Spokane County District Therapeutic Court Coordinator 

O: (509) 477-2283
F: (509) 477-2231
Front Desk: (509) 477-2230