Dr. Kenneth Palestrant, MD.


Dr. Kenneth Palestrant, MD

Dr. Palestrant started his career in the emergency room as an orderly at Hialeah Hospital. He then became a paramedic for Broward County EMS and later received his nursing degree from the University of the State…

Carrie Lester


Carrie Maynard-Lester, LMHC, CAP, Executive Director of Substance Awareness Center of Indian River County

Carrie has worked in the helping profession for the past 25 years. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology in 1995 and completed…

Introduction - Opioid and Stimulant Awareness Month

Charles T. Canady, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida has proclaimed September as Opioid and Stimulant Awareness Month. Please join the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit throughout the month of September as we raise awareness and help to educate the effects of this deadly disease.

The Mental Health Court Newsletter

The Mental Health Court Newsletter is available to read here: MHC Newsletter - August


A ribbon cutting was held on June 11th at the St. Lucie County courthouse to open the new Nursing Room. Located on the third floor of the Courthouse, the room is the result of nearly eight months of collaboration between the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL), the St. Lucie County Chapter of FAWL, the Court and staff, the St…


May is National Drug Court and Mental Health Court month and the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit created a video to recognize those who continue to fight the diseases of addiction and/or mental health issues. A current Martin County Mental Health Court participant, Max Pierre, purchased the copyrights to a song and changed the lyrics to…

Judge Signing Document

Amendment 12 of the Florida Supreme Court Administrative Order AOSC20-23 requires each of the Florida Circuit Courts to implement a differentiated case management plan for civil cases as…

Mental Health Court Graduation

On Tuesday April 20th, 2021, Judge Nicole Menz held the eighteenth Mental Health Court graduation ceremony at the Indian River County Courthouse.


The Indian River County Mental Health Court was implemented in January 2015 as a community-based program that provides court supervision and services to individuals…

Featured Agency

The Mental Health Court Newsletter is available to read here: MHC Newsletter March

Graduation Hat and Diploma

Indian River County Mental Health Court will graduate sixteen people during their eighteenth graduation ceremony on Tuesday, April 20th, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. The ceremony will take place at the Indian River County Courthouse located at 2000 16th Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32960 inside Courtroom 3.  The public is invited join Judge Nicole…