Learn about the research that informs how to successfully implement mental health diversion as a strategy for prosecutors. This session will cover background on the issue of the over-representation of people with behavioral health needs in the criminal justice system, as well as use hypothetical defendants to discuss who makes an appropriate candidate for diversion and developing case plans targeted to individual risks and needs.
Developed with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, this policy brief describes key components to developing a systems-wide diversion strategy and focuses on the fundamental agencies within the criminal justice system that can lead the implementation of diversion interventions, with the goal of diverting people with mental illness from the justice system and into community-based treatment and support services. The brief was also prompted, and guided, through work with Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantees.
Peer support specialists are often asked to draw on their lived experience with behavioral health conditions and criminal justice involvement to support participants of behavioral health-criminal justice programs. This experience allows them to offer inspiration and model positive behaviors, as well as connect people to needed supports and lead recovery groups, among other benefits. At the same time, implementation challenges can limit their effectiveness. The Council of State Governments Justice Center interviewed peers who work with three Justice and Mental Health Collaboration grantee programs to better understand how to overcome these challenges. This brief highlights four key strategies gleaned from these interviews, which can be used to advance the work of peer support specialists.
This resource contains strategies for funding and sustaining local crisis systems, with a focus on ensuring that systems are effective and equitable.
The CSG Justice Center and CSH are hosting a three-session virtual Community of Practice (CoP) focused on strategies that local justice and housing system leaders can use to collaboratively increase housing options for people with complex behavioral health needs leaving incarceration and/or diverted from the justice system.