IMPORTANT!

NOTICE OF BUILDING RE-OPENING

EFFECTIVE Monday June 28, 2021

The Strafford County Courthouse building will be open to the public.

For the purposes of preventing the spread of COVID-19, all persons entering the building should:

  • Self-screen for COVID-19 signs and symptoms. If anyone reports symptoms they should not enter the building.
    • Business should be conducted in a remote manner, if/when possible.
  • Anyone reporting household contact to someone with COVID-19 (in the past 14 days) should not enter the building.
    • Business should be conducted in a remote manner, if/when possible.
  • In accordance with the New Hampshire Judicial Branch (NHJB), unvaccinated people should continue to wear a face covering although they are not required to. Applicable to all areas of the Strafford County Courthouse.
    • Face coverings should be encouraged, NOT enforced.
  • Vaccination status is an honor system.
    • DO NOT ask others about vaccination status;
    • Face coverings offered to everyone;
    • It is the choice of the individual to wear a face covering.
      • Operations such as Probation/Parole, Community Corrections, etc. will operate under their own authority regarding inquiry of vaccination status.
    • Electronic/Remote means to conduct business are still encouraged; however, business may be conducted in person.
    • Social Distancing and Hand Hygiene are encouraged but not enforced.

For specific information related to Court Operations such as: media coverage, jury trial protocols, electronic services, etc.

Please refer to the NHJB webpage with important information about the response to COVID-19. New Hampshire Judicial Branch - COVID-19 Update and Resources page (state.nh.us)

                                                                        Raymond F. Bower

                                                                        Raymond F. Bower

         County Administrator

 

Community Supervision Mental Health Programs

Community Supervision Mental Health provides a continuity of care for defendants that have been identified as suffering from a mental illness. The Community Supervision Mental Health Program provides intensive case management to defendants from the time of arrest until the adjudication of their charges

Strafford County Community Supervision Mental Health Program monitors defendants through the following programs;

  • Intake Assessments
  • Pretrial Supervision
  • Administrative Home Confinement
  • Step-Down Program
  • Mental Health Diversion
  • Mental Health Court-7th Circuit Court District Division—Rochester (Honorable Susan Ashley)
 

Intake Assessments:Interview all persons detained by state and local law enforcement departments prior to that person’s arraignment/bail hearing, and to provide the court with relevant and verified information to help determine an appropriate bail. Determine the level of Mental Health services the defendant needs to be released from the House of Corrections.

Pretrial SupervisionProvide a degree of supervision that will monitor compliance with bail conditions and assure appearance to court.  Some standard requirements of this supervision are compliance with no contact orders, compliance with Mental Health Treatment, random drug and alcohol testing, and curfew.

Administrative Home ConfinementSpecific form of supervision to an individual who has been found guilty of a crime.  Movement in the community is closely monitored with minimum time away from home allowed for work or other needs. Strict compliance with Mental Health Treatment.

Step-DownUnique to Strafford County.; this program rewards sentenced inmates who prove by their attitudes and actions that they are taking responsibility for their crimes and addressing those areas of concern identified by the court. MH Supervision helps coordinate their mental health services to help integrate the inmate back to society.

 

Program Goals

*Reduce the recidivism rates among people with mental health diagnoses.

*Promote engagement in treatment and improve quality of life.

*Increase community awareness and safety.

*Provide defendants with proper coping skills in regards to their individual mental health issues and live a more productive life.

*Provide outreach and support to defendants throughout the judicial process.

RochesterCourtHouse

 

Program Contact Information:

 Blair Rowlett, Community Supervision Mental Health Director

Phone:  603-749-0832 ext 5182

Fax:  603-740-2955

E-mail:  browlett@co.strafford.nh.us

Erin Guyotte, Community Supervision Mental Health Sr. Case Manager

Phone:  603-749-0832 ext 7191

Fax:  603-740-2955

E-mail:  eguyotte@co.strafford.nh.us

Kyle Mitchell, Community Supervision Mental Health Case Manager

Phone:  603-749-0832 ext 7192

Fax: 603-740-2955

E-mail: kmitchell@co.strafford.nh.us