Any suicidal thought is a risk. Help is always available. HealthWest's 24/7 crisis line is (231) 722-HELP. Anyone with a mental health concern can also walk into our offices at 376 E. Apple Ave., during business hours for an assessment. If there is an immediate fear of death or injury, please call 911.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
(800) 273-TALK (8255)


Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio
(888) 628-9454

LGBTQ Youth Hotline
(866) 488-7386


Suicide Hotline for Deaf & Hard of Hearing
(800) 799-4889


To qualify for Jail Diversion services, an individual must have a serious mental illness diagnosis or a developmental disability and be linked to law enforcement contact and/or have been charged with a misdemeanor. As a general rule we cannot help in Circuit Court matters or felony charges.



Adult Mental Health Court
Muskegon County Mental Health Court is for individuals dealing with mental health and/or co-occurring substance use issues. Mental Health Court is a collaborative effort between numerous agencies in Muskegon County to help individuals with criminal charges develop and lead healthy lives.



Mental Health Court is a voluntary program. Those in the program have regular court appearances in front of the Honorable Chief Judge Maria Ladas Hoopes. Mental Health Court also involves regular support group meetings.  People in this program are connected to on-going substance use treatment as needed, mental health treatment, support group meetings, educational classes, random drugs/alcohol testing and community supervision. The Mental Health Court consists of completing all the phases and a minimum of 12 months community supervision.





  • Plead guilty to a misdemeanor
  • Admits to a probation violation for a misdemeanor and has 15 months remaining on probation
  • Has a pending felony and the Prosecutor, Defense Attorney and Defendant all agree to the case being supervised in the 60th District Court Mental Health Court
  • Defendant has a Serious Mental Illness (SMI)
  • Defendant agrees to comply with Mental Health Court and comply with medication
  • Mental Health Court Team and Honorable Chief Judge Maria Ladas Hoopes agree defendant can benefit from attending the Mental Health Court


Program Commitment: Mental Health Court is a 12 month commitment aimed at helping individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues.



Youth Mental Health Court

Juvenile Mental Health Court (JMHC) is a Specialty Court that is part of the Muskegon County 14th Circuit Court Family Division. It is a court supervised treatment program for youth that have been diagnosed by a qualified mental health professional with a significant behavioral health issue, co-occurring disorder or developmental disability. JMHC takes into consideration the relationship between the youth’s behavioral health and their legal offenses with the ultimate goal of promoting public safety and the participants’ recovery.



JMHC utilizes a team approach to assess and monitor the youth and family’s strengths and needs. A plan of service is developed that will facilitate engagement in treatment, address supports needed, promote positive behavioral change and address public safety utilizing community based resources and the youth/family’s identified natural supports.



To ensure consistency the JMHC has an assigned Judge, an attorney from the Prosecutor’s Office, an attorney from the Public Defender’s office, a family court officer and a Supports Coordinator from HealthWest. Cases are reviewed on a monthly basis to monitor adherence to court conditions and to make any necessary modifications to treatment or the case plan. Upon successful completion of JMHC the youth’s criminal charges will be eligible for dismissal.



Eligibility: To be considered for participation in the Juvenile Mental Health Court the youth must be:


  • Under the age of 17 years old at the time of the offense.
  • Be a resident of Muskegon County, Michigan.
  • Have a court charge, misdemeanor or felony that is eligible for consideration.
  • Have a serious behavioral health diagnosis, co-occurring disorder or developmental disability that has been diagnosed by a qualified mental health professional.
  • Be willing to participate in the specialty court.




Heather L. Wiegand, MAC/LLPC-Access & Coorections Supervisor-phone 231-724-6230
Jennifer Swanger, LSMW- Correctional Services Liaison-phone 231-724-8539
Daniel Scanlan, BS, QMHP-Jail Diversion Coordinator-Phone 231-724-3639
Amy Smith, LBSW, QMHP-Family Court Liaison-231-724-6591