Webinar – “Diverting People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities from the Criminal Justice System”

Thursday Oct 29, 2020 - 02:00pm to 03:30pm EDT
Event Description: 

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (sometimes known as I/DD) are an often overlooked population in the criminal justice system because of a lack of identification, understanding, and service gaps that prevent providers’ abilities to address their needs. Criminal justice professionals looking to effectively divert people in this population from the justice system can look to this webinar for strategies and tips on diversion, with an additional focus on people who have co-occurring I/DD, substance use disorders, and mental illnesses.

During this webinar, presenters will highlight diversion programs at different points of the criminal justice system, and will provide a description of opportunities for training and assistance provided through consultation with The Arc to address gaps in service provision. Speakers on the webinar will also provide key resources on diversion best practices for people in this population who are involved in the criminal justice system.

Live closed captioning will be available.


Deirdra Assey, Senior Policy Advisor, CSG Justice Center

Ariel Simms, Senior Program Manager, Attorney, National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability, The Arc of the United States

Ruth O’Sullivan, Project Coordinator, Brooklyn Mental Health Court (BMHC), Center for Court Innovation (CCI)

Ilana LeGear, Social Worker, BMHC, CCI

Organizer Information
Event POC Phone: 
(212) 482-2320