Jail Diversion

A general term for those programs that divert individuals with serious mental illness (and often co-occurring substance use disorders) away from jail and provide links to community-based treatment and support services. The individual thus avoids arrest or spends a significantly reduced time period in jail and/or lockups on the current charge or on violations of probation resulting from previous charges
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He now works for Fairfax County on a jail diversion team as a Peer to Peer specialist and is doing great.
Cornyn's legislation would complement state measures taken that include the 2013 authorization of a jail diversion program in Harris County to serve as a model for the rest of the state.
He is co-chair of the Council of State Governments/TAPA Center for Jail Diversion Judges' Criminal Justice/Mental Health Leadership Initiative and member of the National Leadership Forum for Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice Services.
The desired end product, a Missoula County Jail Diversion Master Plan, will provide recommendations to stakeholders for a series of measures designed to reduce incarceration rates among non-violent offenders.
A jail diversion program in Massachusetts serving 200 mentally ill people--at an initial cost of $400,000--saved $1.
In the area of addiction services, the governor proposed cutting $3 million in services from the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, and $300,000 from the successful jail diversion program for individuals addicted to opiates -- at a time when the Senate president calls the upsurge in opioid use as being "an epidemic.
For adults, the services would include crisis hot lines, assistance with rental housing and supported employment programs and jail diversion programs, along with increases in both outpatient care and acute, facility-based mental health care.
Steadman & Michelle Naples, Assessing the Effectiveness of Jail Diversion Programs for Persons with Serious Mental Illness and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders, 23 BEHAV.
This awareness has emphasized enlightened alternatives to incarceration coupled with crisis intervention, training, community care and jail diversion, which cut recidivism while saving financially strapped communities millions of dollars.
New multi-purpose community "crisis centers" that provide 23-hour crisis stabilization, jail diversion and sobering services, short term hospitalizations and addiction treatment programs.
The program is offered to inmates at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center and to those sentenced to jail diversion programs at the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office Community Corrections Campus.
The result was the creation of the "Oklahoma Comprehensive Plan for Substance and Mental Health Services," which successfully implemented jail diversion and re-entry programs, Medicaid-funded peer specialists, and dual diagnosis mental health and substance abuse services in Oklahoma's 15 community mental health centers.