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Mental Health Criminal Justice Diversion Advisory Council Announced

Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton and Community Mental Health Director Trish Cortes to convene a county Mental Health Criminal Justice Diversion Advisory Council

After consultation with Washtenaw County Board of Commission Chair Andy LaBarre and County Administrator Gregory Dill, Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton and Community Mental Health Director Trish Cortes are announcing plans to convene a Washtenaw County Mental Health Criminal Justice Diversion Advisory Council.  This group will include critical stakeholders invested in addressing the needs of those in Washtenaw County impacted by mental health and/or substance use disorders and are at high-risk of potential contact with the Criminal Justice System. These stakeholders will be drawn from: 

  • Mental health and substance use disorder service consumers
  • Mental health and substance use disorder service providers and advocates
  • Representatives from the major Health Care Systems
  • Representatives from all components of the Criminal Justice System
  • Elected/Appointed Officials

 

The focus of the Diversion Council will be to develop a comprehensive community-based diversion system for low level, low-risk offenders suffering from severe mental health and/or substance use disorders. Included in the Diversion Council’s role will be implementation of the Nationally recognized “Stepping Up” initiative, identification of desired community based outcomes, development of comprehensive strategies and designing a structure to effectively provide safety net options and diversion from the Criminal Justice System. The Diversion Council will also develop goals and measurable outcomes with accompanying metrics, which include by way of example:

  • Reducing the number of low-risk individuals presenting severe mental health and/or substance use disorders in our jail.
  • Reducing the length of stay in jail for low-risk individuals presenting severe mental health and/or substance use disorder.
  • Reducing the rate of re-incarceration of low-risk individuals presenting with severe mental health and substance use disorders.

 

The Washtenaw County Mental Health Criminal Justice Diversion Advisory Council will help develop the systems that will improve outcomes and the quality of life for many of our most vulnerable community members suffering from mental health and/or substance use disorders; providing needed treatment and support instead of incarceration. The Diversion Council is committed to addressing root-cause issues in the community, keeping families together, and helping to build strong and sustainable Washtenaw County communities.

The council selection process is in development at this time, but will be announced soon.  

 

 Sheriff Jerry L. Clayton                                   CMH Director Trish Cortes

 

Download a PDF version of the Mental Health Criminal Justice Diversion Advisory Council release.

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