Michelle R. Rock
Michelle Rock, JD is the Executive Director of the Illinois Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Justice. Formerly she served as Specialty Courts Administrator for the 17th Judicial Circuit Court in Illinois, where she was responsible for overseeing the Mental Health Court, Drug Court, Veterans Court, Family Drug Court, and Juvenile Mental Health Court. Prior to that role, Ms. Rock was a Winnebago County Assistant State’s Attorney from 1993 to 2009. Ms. Rock helped develop the mental health court for Winnebago County and served as the prosecutor from its inception in 2005. With over 20 years of experience in the criminal justice system, Ms. Rock has specialized in meeting the needs of persons with behavioral health disorders who are involved with the criminal justice system. She is a past Board Member of the Illinois Association of Problem-Solving Courts, past president and past board member of the Mental Health Court Association of Illinois and past board member of the Illinois Association of Drug Court Professionals. She served as president of the Winnebago County Bar Association from 2012 to 2013. Ms. Rock is co-author of a chapter in the book, The Sequential Intercept Model and Criminal Justice, a contributor and editor to the Illinois Department of Human Services Forensic Handbook, and a peer reviewer for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals Best Practice Standards, Volume II. She is a trainer for SAMHSA’s program, How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses and for the Council of State Governments Mental Health Court Curriculum. She has presented at local, state, and national conferences on topics which include 10 Key Components of Drug Court, Data Collection and Evaluation, Defining the Roles and Responsibilities of Team Members, Drug Court and Mental Health Court Self-Assessment/Fidelity, Eligibility Criteria and Problem-Solving Court Process, and Legal Issues in Problem-Solving Courts.