The police departments in Dayton, Ohio and Madison, Wisconsin have both adopted nontraditional responses to the opioid crisis and other drug addictions, including outreach to overdose victims, joint-working with treatment and service providers, and pre-arrest diversion. Dayton, in particular, was nationally known as the epicenter of the opiate epidemic, with police personnel administering 162 doses of naloxone to 82 overdose victims in one month in 2017.
Communities seeking to connect addicted individuals to substance use disorder treatment services may arrive at the seminal question, "Divert to what?" Further, trouble accessing adequate and appropriate quality treatment poses an enormous barrier to fully implementing diversion processes.
Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is an essential partner in front-end responses to people with behavioral health conditions, including mental health and substance use crises. This webinar will focus on the ways that Fire/EMS can be partners with behavioral health providers and other first responders on early diversion initiatives.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), in collaboration with Development Services Group, Inc., will present a webinar to discuss the Model Programs Guide (MPG) Diversion Programs Implementation Guide.
Prosecutorial diversion requires a range of partners, resources, and activities to get it right. This is especially true when the diversion initiative involves behavioral health because the intersection of the legal system and the treatment system is one that can be fraught with complexity and misunderstanding. After all, these are two very different systems with very different purposes and missions, and a sporadic and limited history of working together. Getting it right is not easy but can be done. This webinar will present six considerations essential to doing just that. They are: