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Diversion Programs

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Diversion Programs aims to provide an alternative to traditional prosecution and sentencing for low-level, non-violent offenders. The programs are designed to divert offenders from the traditional criminal justice system into a more rehabilitative and restorative process, thereby reducing the burden on the court system and improving outcomes for both the offender and the community. The DOJ offers a variety of diversion programs, including pre-trial diversion, deferred prosecution agreements, and diversion courts, which aim to address the root causes of criminal behavior and reduce recidivism while also providing accountability and community safety.

Diversion Programs

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Diversion Programs aims to provide an alternative to traditional prosecution and sentencing for low-level, non-violent offenders. The programs are designed to divert offenders from the traditional criminal justice system into a more rehabilitative and restorative process, thereby reducing the burden on the court system and improving outcomes for both the offender and the community. The DOJ offers a variety of diversion programs, including pre-trial diversion, deferred prosecution agreements, and diversion courts, which aim to address the root causes of criminal behavior and reduce recidivism while also providing accountability and community safety.

U.S. Department of Justice
Diversion Standards

The American Bar Associations Criminal Justice Section has developed a set of standards for diversion programs, which aim to provide alternatives to traditional criminal justice processes for individuals accused of crimes. These standards outline the key components of effective diversion programs, such as screening and eligibility criteria, program goals and objectives, monitoring and evaluation, and confidentiality requirements. The standards also address various types of diversion programs, including pretrial diversion, deferred prosecution, and conditional dismissal, and provide guidance on how to design and implement these programs in a fair and just manner. The goal of these standards is to promote consistency, accountability, and transparency in diversion programs across the United States.

American Bar
Early Serious Mental Illness Treatment Locator

The Early Serious Mental Illness Treatment Locator is a web-based tool provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to help individuals, family members, and treatment providers find early intervention services for individuals with serious mental illness (SMI). The tool allows users to search for early intervention services by location, age group, and type of service. It also provides information on the types of services available, the populations served, and how to access them. The locator is intended to help individuals with SMI get the treatment and support they need as early as possible, which can improve outcomes and reduce the risk of relapse.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Ending Mass Incarceration

The Vera Institute of Justice is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that works to improve justice systems in the United States. One of Veras key priorities is ending mass incarceration, which they believe is an urgent moral and economic imperative. Through research, advocacy, and partnerships with stakeholders across the justice system, Vera seeks to promote policies and practices that reduce the number of people who are incarcerated, ensure that those who are incarcerated are treated humanely and fairly, and support individuals and communities impacted by mass incarceration. The organization provides data, analysis, and recommendations to policymakers, practitioners, and the public to help create a more fair and effective justice system.

Vera Institute of Justice
GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation (GAINS)

The GAINS (Gathering and Analyzing Information on Needs and Services) Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation is a national center operated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Its mission is to provide training, technical assistance, and policy development to communities seeking to improve their behavioral health and criminal justice systems responses to individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders. GAINS provides a variety of resources, including webinars, publications, and tools, to support these efforts, including support for diversion and reentry programs, crisis intervention teams, and co-occurring disorders.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation (GAINS), Adult Mental Health Treatment Court Locator

The GAINS (Gathering, Analyzing, and Integrating National Data Systems) Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation is a national technical assistance center funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). GAINS provides support to communities to help them better identify and respond to the needs of individuals with mental illnesses or substance use disorders who are involved with the justice system. One of GAINS resources is the Adult Mental Health Treatment Court Locator, which is a database that allows users to search for adult mental health treatment courts by location. The database provides information on court contacts, eligibility criteria, and other relevant details.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Justice & Public Safety

The National Association of Counties (NACo) Justice & Public Safety program area focuses on supporting and strengthening county efforts to improve public safety and criminal justice outcomes. The program provides resources, advocacy, and technical assistance to county officials and staff working in the justice system, including law enforcement, courts, and corrections. NACos work in this area includes supporting evidence-based practices, promoting innovation and collaboration among stakeholders, and advocating for policies that improve public safety while reducing incarceration and recidivism. The program also works to address the mental health and substance abuse issues that often intersect with the justice system. Overall, NACos Justice & Public Safety program area is an important resource for county officials and stakeholders working to create safer and more equitable communities.

National Association of Counties
Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP)

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) is a national initiative that promotes collaboration among criminal justice and mental health professionals to improve outcomes for individuals with mental health disorders who are involved in the justice system. The program provides grants and technical assistance to support the development and implementation of collaborative programs that provide treatment and support services to individuals with mental illness. The JMHCP also conducts research and provides training and resources to help communities enhance their capacity to address the needs of individuals with mental health disorders in the justice system.

Council of State Governments
Justice Center

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center is a national nonprofit organization that provides technical assistance and research to help policymakers and practitioners improve the criminal justice system in the United States. The center works with local, state, and federal government officials, as well as community organizations and other stakeholders, to develop and implement evidence-based policies and programs. The centers areas of focus include justice reform for adults and juveniles, behavioral health, reentry, and victims of crime. The CSG Justice Center is committed to reducing incarceration rates and improving public safety by addressing the underlying factors that contribute to crime and recidivism.

Council of State Governments
Justice Center Publications

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center is a nonpartisan organization that offers research and technical assistance to help policymakers improve public safety and justice systems. The Justice Center offers a wide range of publications, including reports, issue briefs, toolkits, and best practice guides, on topics such as mental health, substance abuse, reentry, and juvenile justice. These resources are designed to support state and local policymakers, practitioners, and stakeholders in their efforts to create more effective, efficient, and equitable justice systems. The publications are available for free on the CSG Justice Centers website.

Council of State Governments
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