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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It would include: officewide crisis intervention team training and development and the implementation of a post-crisis intervention unit; the hiring of a mental health re-entry specialist who assists inmates' return to the community; and an initiative to develop a jail diversion program for those with mental health issues, Harris said.
officials announced Thursday that the Tulsa Sobering Center, a jail diversion program designed to offer an alternative for adult men and women detained for public intoxication, will open in May following construction and renovation of the facility.
Pinellas Safe Harbor is an emergency homeless shelter and a jail diversion program.
But the committee called on lawmakers to increase the number of beds available in state hospitals, create early intervention for schoolchildren with behavioral health issues, invest in jail diversion programs and increase the state's mental health workforce.
Recommendations: Support the streamlining and expansions of the forensic and jail diversion programs.
The jail diversion program began in April 2006 with the evaluation period concluding in April 2011.
Michelle Albert, LPC, CSOTP, the Jail Diversion Therapist Supervisor for the Alexandria CSB, provided a power point presentation on Alexandria CORE (Collaboration for Recovery and Re-Entry).
It can leverage its experience and that expertise in similar and connected markets, including substance abuse, jail diversion, hospital discharge and care continuum programs.
The proposed budgets also provide funding for the courts that are not part of the branch's request, including in the Senate $1 million for the Charlotte County Justice Center; $350,000 for the Glades Small County Courthouse; $500,000 for Nassau County Courthouse renovations; $1.3 million for Children's Advocacy Center funding (the House budget provides $1.5 million); $1.2 million for mental health jail diversion program; $2 million for Vivitrol drug treatment (to help treat alcohol and opiate drug dependency); $660,000 for drug court funding; $800,000 for veterans court funding (the House budget provides $105,000).
He now works for Fairfax County on a jail diversion team as a Peer to Peer specialist and is doing great.
"A jail diversion program in Massachusetts serving 200 mentally ill people--at an initial cost of $400,000--saved $1.3 million in emergency health services and jail costs, according to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health."