Statewide Policies Relating to Pre-Arrest Diversion and Crisis Response

R StreetThis publication from R Street reviews and analyzes the primary statewide barriers to and accelerants of pre-arrest diversion and crisis response strategies. It begins by providing an overview of pre-arrest diversion strategies. It then delves into five categories of law or regulation that most directly affect these strategies and often serve as the basis of fully-fledged crisis responses in their own right: emergency mental health hold laws, protective custody statutes, citation authority, substance abuse Good Samaritan laws—including how to ensure some form of community supervision protections are in place—and ambulance transport destination rules.