Judge Marmarie Kostelny is the presiding judge of Kane County's Treatment Alternative Court.
Judge Marmarie Kostelny is the presiding judge of Kane County's Treatment Alternative Court.

ST. CHARLES – The Kane County Treatment Alternative Court Program has expanded in order to increase the number of participants by 50% percent, according to a news release.

Previously, Treatment Alternative Court (TAC) had a maximum capacity of 20 participants, and will now increase to 30.

“There’s been an identified increased need in our community due to the fact that there has been a waitlist for participation in TAC for over a year,” stated presiding TAC Judge Marmarie Kostelny in the news release.

According to the news release, Treatment Alternative Court is a Kane County specialty court program established in 2006 to serve defendants who have serious mental health disorders, co-occurring disorders or developmental disabilities. TAC works with participants to establish appropriate psychiatric and therapeutic care to reduce symptoms and reduce new arrests.

The program brings together community based agencies to address the needs of defendants and provides comprehensive case management with intense judicial supervision in an effort to reduce future criminal activity and incarceration, the release stated.

Three local agencies serve on the TAC team. The Ecker Center for Mental Health provides outpatient mental health treatment for participants residing in the northern half of Kane County and The Association for Individual Development provides outpatient mental health services for those living in the southern half of the county. Gateway Foundation in Aurora provides substance abuse disorder treatment. All three agencies have committed their resources for the increase in TAC participants, the release stated.

Former Chief Judge Susan Clancy Boles authorized committing judicial resources for the capacity increase and Chief Judge Clint Hull has authorized the implementation, according to the news release.

The release stated that the mission of the judiciary of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit is to provide equal access to a fair and impartial system of justice by which legal disputes may be resolved in a timely, efficient manner, while fostering public trust and confidence.​​ For information, visit illinois16thjudicialcircuit.org.

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