Seattle Municipal Court Hon. Karen Donohue, Presiding

Programs and Services

Mental Health Court

About Mental Health Court

The Mental Health Court (MHC) is a dedicated court, with an assigned presiding judge, mental health professional, and probation staff with mental health expertise, prosecutor and public defender.

Mental Health Court is a voluntary program. Referrals come from judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors, jail staff, and others. Please contact Judy Ashley,, for more information if you are interested in making a referral. Please attach the referral form (Click here) to any request. The Release of Information form (below) is for illustrative purposes and does not need to be attached to a referral request.

The key issue for the MHC is whether the alleged criminal activity is related to or caused by mental illness. MHC defendants may have any type of charge. They may have any type of serious mental illness, be developmentally disabled, have a brain injury, or suffer from dementia. The defendant may be a first time offender or have a lengthy record.

Do you want to know more?

Do you have questions or comments about Seattle's Mental Health Court? Do you have comments about the Mental Health Court Web Page?

To ask a question or send a comment directly to Seattle Municipal Court's Mental Health Court Program, please email us.Email

Court Location

Mental Health Court is held in the
Seattle Justice Center
Courtroom 1001

600 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 684-5600 View Map

Seattle Municipal Court Mental Health Court Forms

For more information about using these forms, email the Mental Health Court Liaison.Email

Referral Form: Please attach this form for any referral you request. Referral requests may be made to Judy Ashley (, the Mental Health Court Liaison. You may also fax this form to Judy Ashley at 206-386-1272.

Release of Information: The Release of Information form should be attached to a referral request.

Referral Directions: Detailed directions and contact information for making referrals to Mental Health court.

Other Mental Health Court links.

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