The Oregon Center on Behavioral Health and Justice Integration helps jurisdictions across the state implement and improve systemic and programmatic efforts that successfully divert individuals with serious behavioral health needs from entering various points within the justice system including avoidance of arrest entirely.
- Almost 50% of individuals incarcerated in local jails are in need of mental health services and an estimated 60% have a substance use disorder. Many inmates have co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2017).
- Significant advancements in the treatment of behavioral health conditions have been developed and implemented successfully over the past 25 years.
- Evidence-based practices associated with treatment and systems approaches can significantly reduce reliance on incarceration for individuals with behavioral health needs by providing appropriate services in the community.
Goals of the Center:
- Increase skills and competencies among criminal justice and behavioral health system partners to divert individuals with serious behavioral health conditions from jail pre and post arrest.
- Increase knowledge among criminal justice and behavioral health system partners about effective community-based programs and services that prevent people with behavioral health conditions from arrest and incarceration.
- Assess statewide implementation of program progress and use information to prioritize focus of this work.