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Approaches to Early Jail Diversion: Collaborations and Innovations

Sue Pfefferle, Sarah Steverman, Elle Gault, Samantha Karon and Holly Swan

Report

August 12, 2019

People with behavioral health conditions (e.g., serious mental illness, substance use disorders, or opioid use disorder) are 3-6 times more likely than the general population to be involved in the justice system. For the Department of Health and Human Services, we conducted an environmental scan and five case studies of pre-booking jail diversion interventions for people with these conditions. Through coordinated and early intervention, these programs aim to connect people to appropriate care and reduce costly justice involvement that hampers recovery.