CRISIS DIVERSION CENTER

Crisis Diversion Center
The Center will give our deputies and other law enforcement personnel the opportunity to take an individual in a mental health or addiction crisis into a healthcare facility rather than the jail. The Center will have the added benefit of getting law enforcement personnel back on patrol much faster, as such Centers typically average 15 to 20 minutes of officer time, as opposed to 2 hours at the jail, or several more hours at an emergency room. The Center will allow those with mental illness to get access to treatment far faster than can be provided once they have been brought to jail and become a part of the criminal justice system.

JBS hopes to have the Center up and running by August 2022. Prior to that time, we plan to provide extensive Crisis Intervention Training to many of our patrol deputies so that they will be able to identify individuals who should be brought to the Center. We also plan to offer that training to other law enforcement agencies throughout Jefferson County and beyond. In addition, part of this grant will be used to equip our patrol cars with telehealth equipment, so our deputies can consult with mental health professionals at the Center before making an arrest

Updates:

  • The Executive Director of the Center has been hired. Her name is Dr. Sabrina Scott, and she is coming here from Cobb County, Georgia. She has run the Center there for the last 5 years.
  • We expect that as many as 150 individuals each month will be diverted from the Jefferson County Jails to the Crisis Care Center.
  • Social workers at the Center will follow each individual who visits the Center. The social worker assigned to each individual will follow their case for at least 90 days after discharge.
  • Crisis Intervention Training for over 400 deputies has commence at the Sheriff’s Training Academy. We intent to have all patrol and jail deputies trained in Crisis Intervention by the end of September. The class is a 16-hour (2 day) class that teaches the basics of mental health and crisis intervention.
  • A team of 20 patrol deputies has been recruited for a 40 hour training class on Crisis Intervention to be held the week of April 18-22, 2022. Those deputies will be designated to assist on mental health crisis calls and will work closely with the Center.

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