Assessing the Effectiveness of Jail Diversion Programs for Persons With Serious Mental Illness and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders

About the Course:

This study reports findings from the six jail diversion programs (three pre-booking and three post-booking) participating in a federally-funded research initiative to assess the effectiveness of jail diversion programs for people with co-occurring disorders. Diverted and non-diverted groups were compared on self-reported outcomes at 12 months following diversion. The findings suggest that jail diversion reduces time spent in jail without increasing the public safety risk, while linking participants to community-based services. Jail diversion costs and the implications of these results for jail diversion programs and future research are discussed.

Journal/Publisher:

Behavioral Sciences and the Law

Publication Date:

2005

Author

Henry J. Steadmen, Ph.D., and Michelle Naples, M.A.

About the Author:

The authors are center management staff for the Technical Assistance and Policy Analysis (TAPA) Center for Jail Diversion, a branch of the National GAINS Center.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about the effectiveness of jail diversion programs for persons with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss the rationale for developing jail diversion programs for persons with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders.

  2. Identify the methodology used for researching the effectiveness of the studied diversion programs.

  3. Explain the major findings of the published study, including cost analysis and significant outcomes.

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