Echo Hutson, Montgomery County Court-At-Law 4 judge, accepted a painting donation from the North Shore Republican Women as part of a new initiative to promote mental health and wellness in the county on April 18.

The details

County Court-At-Law 4 serves as the base for the mental health treatment court for Montgomery County. The court handles individuals who have committed criminal conduct but have been identified as having significant mental health issues that contributed to the conduct.

Hutson said the program is meant to allow individuals who have mental health issues to find treatment and aid for those who struggle with mental health.

What else?

As an incentive for candidates going through the Mental Health Treatment Court, the North Shore Republican Women partnered with local artists to create works of art, which will be gifted to those who complete their mental health treatment plans.

As an inaugural gift following the first graduation ceremony, Hutson accepted the donation of a painting of a pearl to be hung in the courtroom.

Quotes of note

“[The NSRW] partnered with an artist who is creating an original work of art for each graduate,” Hutson said. “The concept behind the artwork is the story of the pearl, symbolizing how each person can take a difficult situation and transform it into something beautiful.”

“We are so very proud to be associated with the judge and really admire the work she's doing,” said Leigh Billingsley, president of the North Shore Republican Women. “It was important. We also admired the hard work of the participants in the program. We know it isn't easy, but we're here for [the participants].”