Diversion Courts

Diversion court is a program that provides alternatives to traditional criminal justice processing, offering treatment and support services to those with behavioral health issues.

Drug Courts

Drug courts are specialized diversion court programs that provide treatment and supervision to individuals with substance use disorders in the criminal justice system.

Education & Training

Education and training provides knowledge and skills to individuals and professionals related to behavioral health topics to enhance their service delivery.

Emergency Medical

Emergency medical services (EMS) are trained medical professionals who provide emergency medical care to individuals in urgent or life-threatening situations.


Employment refers to the provision of job opportunities and support to individuals with behavioral health conditions to promote recovery and community integration.


Epigenetics refers to changes in gene expression caused by environmental factors, potentially playing a role in the intergenerational transmission of behavioral health issues.

Evidence-based Programs & Practices

Evidence-based programs and practices refer to interventions with proven effectiveness through research, and data which are implemented to improve behavioral health outcomes.

Financial Costs v. Savings

Financial costs savings refer to the potential monetary benefits of implementing behavioral health interventions or alternatives to incarceration within the criminal justice system.


Funding refers to the financial resources provided to support criminal justice and behavioral health programs and services, including grants, contracts, and other resources.


In criminal justice behavioral health, governance refers to the systems and processes that guide decision-making and accountability.


Government refers to the system of organizations and institutions through which a society conducts its affairs and provides public services, including criminal justice and behavioral health.


The physical, mental, and emotional well-being of individuals who are involved in the criminal-legal system.

Health & Human Services

Health and Human Services (HHS) is a government agency responsible for providing health and social services to individuals and families in need.


Individuals of Hispanic and/or Latin American descent and, for the latter, a gender-neutral alternative term encompassing Latinos and Latinas.

Homeless Courts

Homeless courts are specialized courts that offer alternatives to criminal penalties for homeless individuals charged with certain nonviolent offenses.

Hotlines & Helplines

Hotlines and helplines are resources that provide immediate and confidential support and crisis intervention for individuals with behavioral health needs.

Housing & Shelter

Housing or shelter refers to temporary or permanent housing options for individuals experiencing homelessness or housing instability due to behavioral health issues.

Human Services

Human services refer to a range of social and community-based services designed to support individuals and families, including those with behavioral health needs.

Human Services Helpline

Human services helpline refers to a phone-based service that connects individuals with resources and assistance for various social and behavioral health needs.

Initiatives & Models

In criminal justice behavioral health, initiatives-models-tools refer to strategies and resources used to develop and implement effective programs and policies.

Intercept 0

In the Sequential Intercept Model, intercept 0 refers to the pre-arrest stage and opportunities for diversion from the criminal justice system.

Intercept 1

In the Sequential Intercept Model, intercept 1 refers to the point of initial contact with law enforcement and opportunities for diversion to behavioral health services.

Intercept 2

In the Sequential Intercept Model, intercept 2 refers to the point of initial detention and opportunities for assessment, treatment, and diversion to community-based care.

Intercept 3

In the Sequential Intercept Model, intercept 3 refers to the point of post-booking and opportunities for treatment and diversion to community-based care.

Intercept 4

In the Sequential Intercept Model, intercept 4 refers to the point of initial incarceration and opportunities for treatment and reentry planning.

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