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06/22/2015 06:49 EDT | Updated 06/22/2016 01:12 EDT

Review of how Nova Scotia mental health court is working to be released

HALIFAX - A review will be released today on the effectiveness of Nova Scotia's mental health court.The specialized court was set up in 2009 to deal with people with mental disorders who come into conflict with the law.The report will evaluate how the program is working and include the reoffending rates of participants.Justice Minister Lena Metlege Diab said last November that the court was achieving its objectives, but there were no plans to extend its services beyond the Halifax region.At the time, she said statistics compiled by the court showed that of the 232 people eligible to participate, 199 successfully completed the diversion program.The goal of the court is to set up support plans for each accused in a bid to improve their well-being so they are less likely to reoffend.