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.
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