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Jail Diversion


In response to the over-representation of persons with mental illness in the criminal justice system, often with co-occurring substance abuse, NARBHA is committed to the collaborative development of Mental Health Diversion programs in Northern Arizona.

These programs evolve from the partnership with local law enforcement, behavioral health, probation, and judicial system professionals.  They range from specialized mental health courts in larger communities to jail diversion and service programs in smaller communities.

The primary goals of jail diversion programs are:

  • Increased treatment engagement
  • Improvements in public safety
  • Effective use of public resources

With these programs becoming operational within the NARBHA region, people with mental illness in Northern Arizona now have the opportunity for an improved quality of life through avoiding unnecessary incarceration or criminalization and receiving appropriate mental health treatment.