The South St. Louis County Mental Health Court will serve as a model this week for treatment courts across the country.

The Duluth-based program is slated to host approximately 150 fellow mental health professionals, treatment providers, law enforcement, case managers, attorneys, coordinators, judges and client advocates for 2019 Mental Health Court Conference on Wednesday.

Mental health courts seek to reduce recidivism by treating substance abuse disorders, addressing mental health needs and providing other stabilizing services for clients. The Duluth program was established in 2009.

“Mental health is often misunderstood, especially by those who do not have direct experience with it, said Elizabeth Henderson, the court’s program coordinator. “We are excited to bring experts together to get to the roots of the issue and move towards healing.”