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The Mission of the Cheshire County Behavioral Health Court is to provide an effective and meaningful alternative to the traditional criminal justice system for individuals with a substance use disorder and/or mental illness.


Our goal is to promote prompt intervention, education, treatment and recovery in order to improve the quality of the individual’s life, while reducing recidivism and improving community safety.


The Cheshire County Behavioral Health Court (CCBHC) is composed of two  programs:

The Alternative Sentencing Program (ASP) was established in 2001 and was the first problem solving court program in New Hampshire. ASP works with individuals that have been diagnosed with a substance use disorder and have been charged with a criminal offense.

The Mental Health Court provides an alternative to the traditional court system by emphasizing a problem-solving model and connecting individuals  diagnosed with a mental health disorder and/or substance use disorder to a variety of rehabilitative services and support networks.


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33 West Street
Keene N.H.
Fax: (603) 355-0159

Alison S. Welsh
Phone: 603-357-1827

Judy Gallagher, MA, MLADC
Clinical Case Manager Coordinator
Phone: 603-283-3319
Cell: 603-209-1824
Ashley Cossette, MS, LADC
Clinical Case Manager
Cell: (603) 499-6736