"In an elegance that mirrors, Judge Lerner-Wren's opening remarks during the first mental health court session on June 24th 1997, A Court of Refuge is welcoming, thoughtful and compassionate. Judge Lerner-Wren takes the reader on an amazing journey; revealing, in vivid detail, the trailblazing efforts of America's first mental health court in Broward County Florida. Incredible real-life stories are shared throughout the book to reveal the inspiration, will and morale calling that manifested into a movement towards therapeutic justice over the past two decades. With an ongoing over-representation of individuals with mental illness experiencing justice involvement in America, we must strive to do better by connecting individuals to effective care in lieu of incarceration. A Court of Refuge offers a road-map to therapeutic justice and, as such, is essential reading for those dedication to making the world a better place for people with mental illness".
CEO and President RI International, President Elect American of Suicidology and Appointee to the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordination Committee