Halls of Hope is an intensive and 
comprehensive Mental Health Court 
designed as an alternative to incarceration. 

Halls of Hope strives to hold its participants accountable for their behavior by utilizing a collaborative community approach in order to provide them with a high quality of care. 

The Program was created by the court, mental health providers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, family members and community stakeholders to provide sentencing alternatives to individuals with a mental illness who are involved in criminal matters. 

The fundamental principle of the Program is that individuals who engage in criminal behavior due to their mental illness should undergo appropriate treatment to modify their behavior and achieve recovery. Incarceration alone has proven to be ineffective. 

Halls of Hope is administered through the Lebanon NH District Court, with mental health services provided by West Central Behavioral Health.

Who is Eligible?

Participants must: 
  • Be 18 years of age or older 
  • Be charged with a Class A non-violent misdemeanor level criminal offense 
  • Have a diagnosed or diagnosable mental illness (or dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse) that contributed to the behavior resulting in the charged offense 
  • Have pending charges from the 2nd CircuitDistrict Division-Lebanon 
  • Attend 1-2 court review hearings per month with the Halls of Hope Team