Category: Diversion

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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Forty-fourth Annual Forensic Mental Health Association of California Conference

The 44th annual conference of the Forensic Mental Health Association of California offers presentations pertaining to forensic mental health that are relevant to medical and mental health clinicians, law enforcement, the courts, parole and probation officers, and other professionals working with people who have mental illnesses involved in the criminal justice system. Topics will include substance addiction, using …

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Apply Now: Request for Proposals to Evaluate Early Diversion Programs for Young Adults and Adults

The New York County District Attorney’s Office (DANY) is requesting proposals to evaluate Early Diversion Programs for Young Adults and Adults. Applicants to evaluate the Early Diversion initiative should propose a research design that facilitates an implementation assessment, outcome evaluation, and cost-benefit analysis of the initiative. Although the programs that constitute the initiative are not exactly alike, they all involve …

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Mental Health Workers Say They Are Working to Keep People out of Jail

The Messenger It’s been about one year since statewide changes caused a shift in how the local mental health region is run. Administrator Alison Hauser and nine employees shared some of the successes with the Webster County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, and they explained their specialized roles within the Western Quadrant of County Social …

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20th Global Youth Justice Training Conference

The 20th Global Youth Justice Training will offer information on teen, peer, youth, student, court, and peer jury diversion programs, which are volunteer-driven youth justice and juvenile justice diversion programs that harness positive peer pressure in a peer judgment setting to help address antisocial, delinquent, and criminal behavior. There will be more than 20 training sessions …

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Kentucky Looks at New Reforms to Cut Jail, Prison Population

The Sentinel Echo By The Sentinel Echo Staff Staying out of jail may be as easy as having a steady job for some former Kentucky inmates. Former inmates who stay employed for one year are about 35 percent less likely to return to jail than those who don’t work, Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet …

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Register for Webinar: Fire/EMS as Partners in Early Diversion Strategies

Hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s GAINS Center Fire departments and emergency medical services (EMS) are essential partners in front-end responses to people with behavioral health conditions, including when they have mental health and substance use crises. This webinar will focus on the ways that fire departments and EMS can be partners …

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Improving Outcomes for Justice-Involved Youth Through Structured Decision-Making and Diversion

This issue brief from the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy highlights research, strategies, and local reform efforts aimed at improving youth outcomes through structured decision-making tools and diversion. As an example, the issue brief highlights the work of system officials from Fairfax County, Virginia, who have made significant progress …

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