Diversion Toolkit

Overview: Community-Based Programs, Services and System Approaches that Support Successful Jail Diversion

Module – Local Public Safety Coordinating Councils (LPSCC) 

Presenter(s) – Professionals with successful experience operating or managing diversion services in Oregon’s system

Length – 3.5 hours  

Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this unit, the participants will:

  • Identify the need for implementing successful jail diversion strategies.
  • Understand the Community Mental Health Program’s role in providing the mental health safety net for the region within which it operates.
  • Develop an operational understanding of community-based programs, services, and systems approaches that help divert people with serious behavioral health needs from jail.
  • Become aware of how these programs and strategies relate to one another and how they might be applied in specific combinations to achieve desired community-level outcomes.
  • Know where to go for additional resources that support implementing successful programs, services and systems approaches.

Course Description:

This course will provide participants with information about the community mental health and behavioral health systems and how the various safety net services play a role in successfully diverting people with serious behavioral health needs from jail into these services. This course will also provide an overview of systems approaches that have been proven to successful divert individuals from jail while providing a structured and coordinated response to services and accountability (Stepping Up Initiative and Specialty Courts for instance). The facilitator will use examples from regions in Oregon where successful models have been developed: Marion County’s response to Aid and Assist/.370 and crisis intervention and mobile crisis services, Multnomah and Lane sobering facilities, and Harney County’s rural response to jail diversion. The presenter(s) will highlight the various Centers of Excellence that support implementation and successful operations for the evidence-based programs such as Assertive Community Treatment, Supported Employment, Crisis Intervention Training, and Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA).

Community coordination and shared outcomes will be a focus of this course and small group discussions will be used to solicit maximum interaction and dialogue.


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