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Building exits off the highway to mass incarceration: Diversion programs explained

Publication Date: Jul 20 2021

Prison Policy Initiative

The landscape of diversion is vast, and the design and implementation of each program matters.

Practical Advice on Jail Diversion

Publication Date: Jan 01 2021

INC., Policy Research Associates

This publication can be used as a guide for interested community members who want to know how to design, plan, implement, and evaluate a successful jail diversion program. Whether you are a case manager in a community mental health center, a substance use disorder counselor, a jail mental health practitioner, a cop who walks a beat, a prosecuting attorney, a local judge, a consumer, or a family member, you will want to read this publication if you are leading development of a jail diversion program in your community or hope to do so. 

Behavioral Health Diversion Interventions: Moving from Individual Programs to a Systems-Wide Strategy

Publication Date: Oct 01 2019


This publication is intended to provide these local leaders with a systems-level conceptual framework for developing a continuum of behavioral health diversion interventions that span the community’s criminal justice system—starting from first contact with law enforcement through incarceration

Principles of Community-based Behavioral Health Services for Justice-involved Individuals: A Research-based Guide

Publication Date: Mar 01 2019


This guide provides information and practices that behavioral health providers can implement in their daily practice with patients or clients who are involved in the criminal justice system. 

Sequential Intercept Model Trifold Brochure

Publication Date: Jan 01 2019


The Sequential Intercept Model is most effective when used as a community strategic planning tool to assess available resources, determine gaps in services, and plan for community change. These activities are best accomplished by a team of stakeholders that cross over multiple systems, including mental health, substance use, law enforcement, pretrial services, courts, jails, community corrections, housing, health, social services, people with lived experiences, family members, and many others

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