FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The Sebastian County Health Court introduces a new way to help people struggling with mental health.
The health court hosted a dedication ceremony for newly designed “court challenge coins”. The coins were designed by University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Associate Art Professor Peter Cullum.
The challenge coins work similarly to chips earned during programs like Alcoholics Anonymous. People work through a system and achieve specific goals receiving a coin when they hit certain milestones.
Cullum says this is a tremendous step in helping people help themselves.
“People need to have a choice and they need to have the power to empower themselves to make themselves better. And this gives them that opportunity,” Cullum said.