Category: Diversion

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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Register for Webinar: The Model Programs Guide Diversion Programs Implementation Guide

Hosted by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in collaboration with Development Services Group, Inc. In this webinar presenters from the OJJDP will provide an overview of the resources available on OJJDP’s Model Programs Guide, including program profiles, literature reviews, and Implementation Guides (I-Guides). Presenters will focus on the research that informed the …

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Apply Now: Law Enforcement and Community—Crisis Intervention Training Model Program

The Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA’s) Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement Officers and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability (VALOR) Initiative is seeking applications from U.S. law enforcement agencies to participate in its Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training Model Program. The project is managed through Policy Research Associates (PRA) in partnership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, …

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“Stepping up” Initiative for Mental Health Taking Shape in Alamance County, NC

Mebane Enterprise By Adam Powell A large contingent of Alamance County elected officials, county employees, and local citizens made their way to San Antonio, Texas earlier this fall. The group received information about a diversionary program that could save the county time, money, and resources in dealing with mental health challenges among local residents. The …

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Special Probation for Prisoners with Mental Illness Cuts Recidivism

Reuters By Ronnie Cohen Every year, an estimated 2 million people diagnosed with mental illness are jailed in the U.S., and soon after they’re released, many wind up behind bars again. But specialized supervision on probation for people with mental illness can radically reduce the odds they’ll be re-arrested within five years, a new study …

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