Jail Diversion News
"The Civil Rights Movement of this decade is Mental Health Care quality and equality."
-- Updated February 24, 2005 --

      Welcome! 

    The mission of this page is to provide links to news and information about jail diversion efforts in King County and Washington State and it will contain links to national organizations who have published research and position papers regarding "jail diversion."

    Unfortunately, jails have become one of the major institutions for housing and "treating" those with mental illness and chemical dependency problems. This situation needs to change. Not only is it expensive "treatment," but it is often inadequate and non-productive treatment.

    Rather than utilizing expensive prisons to house minor offenders with significant mental illness or substance abuse behavior, the mission of jail diversion advocates is to provide intensive case management to offenders as outpatients to work towards recovery. Such programs are often ordered by Mental Health Courts and Drug Courts.

      Mental Health Court Web Sites, News, and Articles.

      Drug Court Web Sites, News and Resources.

      Thank You for Stopping By!

        - Best wishes, Ron Sterling M.D. (Seattle, Washington, USA)


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