Mental Health Media Clips

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Harris Co. Program Lowers Jail Costs, Population but Cuts out Punishment

The Judge Ed Emmett Mental Health Diversion Center allows people with mental illness who commit non-violent offenses to skip jail. They are offered space in the 28-bed diversion center, counseling, and case workers to prevent the person arrested from cycling in and out of jail.

Miami-Dade County Builds Center for Mental Health and Recovery

County officials representing urban counties at the 2019 Large Urban County Caucus Symposium in Miami-Dade County in Florida toured a new facility that will offer a full continuum of care for justice-involved individuals with mental illnesses.

No More Jails, Just Mental Health Centers. Is That a Realistic Policy for L.A. County?

In recent years, the board has shifted significant funding and attention to improving the outcomes for people involved in the criminal justice system, launching, for example, the Office of Diversion and Reentry, which helps keep people with mental health and substance abuse disorders out of jail by moving them into community programs.

‘Cultural Healing’ and the Search for Justice in Tribal Lands

Soon after Michelle Anderson was appointed Sixth District Judicial Judge in Minnesota’s Iron Range region, where she operates a hybrid court that offers alternatives to jail for individuals with substance abuse problems, she found herself presiding over the case of Jason Drift.

[Opinion] Reducing Recidivism for Defendants with Mental Illness

The origins of Loudoun’s mental health docket date back to 2013, when approximately 30 representatives of Loudoun’s human, social, and criminal justice communities engaged in a two-day facilitated cross-systems mapping exercise that used the Sequential Intercept Model.