Category: Diversion

[Register for Webinar] The Essential Role of Juvenile Diversion

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention  Date: Monday, Sept. 23 Time: 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. ET In 2016, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention began awarding grants to states seeking to revamp their juvenile diversion policies and …

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No More Jails, Just Mental Health Centers. Is That a Realistic Policy for L.A. County?

Los Angeles Times By Matt Stiles Almost everyone in a position of power in Los Angeles County wants to close the antiquated Men’s Central Jail, a dungeon-like structure that opened six decades ago and is ill-suited to meet the growing mental health needs of modern inmates. But finding agreement about how, and what to do beyond …

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2019 Global Youth Justice Conference

The 2019 Global Youth Justice Conference will help attendees learn strategies to enhance and expand local volunteer-driven juvenile justice and youth justice diversion programs called Youth/Teen/Student/Peer Courts or Peer Jurys. Conference sessions, panels, and presentations will address administrative, operational, programmatic, funding, grant writing, and peer-to-peer learning related to expanding and enhancing these early intervention diversion programs, which …

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[Register for Webinar] Emergency Medical Services as Partners in Early Diversion Strategies

Hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation Emergency Medical Services can be essential partners in early diversion responses for individuals in crisis. This webinar will focus on the ways that fire departments and Emergency Medical Services can be partners with behavioral health providers and other first …

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[Register for Webinar] Strategies for Collaborative Early Diversion Encounters

Hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation Many early diversion strategies rely upon cooperation between law enforcement officers and mental health professionals to manage crisis encounters. However, on-scene cooperation depends on stakeholder collaboration and clear protocols for how to handle a variety of situations. This webinar …

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[Register for Webinar] Effective Early Diversion Follow-up/Engagement in Services

Hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation Many early diversion programs experience challenges around engaging individuals in services following the warm hand-off to mental health professionals. Early diversion programs have employed follow-up engagement strategies led by a variety of professionals, including law enforcement officers, emergency medical …

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Los Angeles County Office of Diversion and Reentry’s Supportive Housing Program: A Study of Participants’ Housing Stability and New Felony Convictions

Los Angeles (LA) County is home to the largest jail system in the world and has one of the most acute homelessness problems in the United States, with nearly 59,000 people experiencing homelessness there. Because of the lack of affordable housing and social services in the community, the LA County jail has seen an increase …

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Sheriffs Addressing the Mental Health Crisis in the Community and in the Jails

Law enforcement has increasingly become the primary point of contact for individuals living with mental illness, and the presence of these individuals in jail and prison populations has grown to crisis proportions. This report–developed by the Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA) in partnership with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC)–identifies innovative practices …

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LEAD Diversion Program Is Expanding to the City of Burien, Washington

Real Change By Ashley Archibald Jimmy Matta became mayor of a changing Burien. The bedroom community in which he took up domicile was largely untouched by the explosive growth that struck Seattle in recent years, bringing with it intense wealth as well as increasing inequality and gentrification. The city no longer enjoys the relative quiet …

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Second Annual Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative Training Conference

The Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative (PTACC) training and technical assistance conference is the second of two annual conferences devoted to the development and support of pre-arrest diversion (PAD) efforts across the United States, and the building of treatment and funding capacity to sustain them. The first year featured workforce development for more than 30 jurisdictions from …

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