Mental Health Diversion Program

The Mental Health Diversion Program is designed to address mental illness and substance abuse among individuals who enter the criminal justice system. It is a judicially monitored program that assumes responsibility for managing cases through intensive supervision, mental health treatment, and rehabilitation.

Program Goals
  • To reduce the number of times offenders with mental illnesses come into contact with the criminal justice system in the future
  • To reduce the inappropriate institutionalization of people with mental illness
  • To develop greater linkages between the criminal justice system and the mental health system
  • To expedite case processing
  • To promote public safety
  • To establish linkages with other county agencies and programs that target offenders with mental illness in order to maximize the delivery of services