Behavioral Health Court provides wraparound services that support evidence-based practices for treating mentally ill offenders. The clinical team uses Forensic Assertive Community Treatment, Illness Management and Recovery, Trauma-Informed Care, Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
This webinar will describe some of the unique benefits of and challenges to developing these specialized diversion programs. Participants will also discuss best practices in program implementation, such as developing eligibility standards, establishing candidate screening protocols, and setting treatment conditions. Prosecutors from the Second Judicial District in Arkansas—a current Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantee—and the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office will share their own experiences with behavioral health diversion, including its importance for prosecutors and lessons learned.
An overview of juvenile diversion is presented below, followed by 16 steps of guidance from
the juvenile justice field on implementing a successful diversion program. This framework is a
web-based adaptation of the Juvenile Diversion Guidebook prepared by the Models for Change
Juvenile Diversion Workgroup. The original guidebook addressed diversion in juvenile justice;
this online version focuses on diversion for justice-involved youth with behavioral health needs
New state funding is earmarked for Native American youth, a group that has lacked youth development opportunities for youth and mental health resources.
This State Court Leadership Brief proposes eight strategies for improving outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system with trauma histories and mental health disorders.