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Date: May 21, 2003
Media Contact: SAMHSA Media
Phone: 301-443-8956



$2 Million for Jail Diversion Awarded to 7 Communities


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today announced new grants to help 7 communities build capacity to divert persons with mental illness from the criminal justice system to community-based mental health and supportive services such as health care, housing and job placement.

 “Too many people who need treatment for mental illness are being sent to correction facilities instead,” SAMHSA Administrator Charles Curie explained. “ These new grantees will be using state-of- the-art community-based mental health services including case management, assertive community treatment, medications management and access, integrated mental health and co-occurring substance abuse treatment, and psychiatric rehabilitation to approach mental illness as the medical concern that it is.”  

The new grant program  will provide each community with approximately $300,000 per year for a total of three years for development of diversion programs for people with mental illness. As part of the award criteria, each recipient was required to provide a 25 percent non-federal match in funds or in-kind items for the program.

Capacity development grantees are:

  • Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, New Britain/Bristol Women’s Treatment and Support Diversion Program – $300,000 – to implement a model jail diversion program that will facilitate recovery through gender-specific and culturally appropriate outreach, case management and trauma treatment services for women with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

  • Florida Department of Children and Families, The Jail Diversion Program – $299,763– to expand existing programs to include county wide crisis intervention training for all police agencies and to improve the case management system to provide better aftercare and treatment for the diverted population

  • Community Health Center, Lancaster County, NE, Jail Diversion Capacity Expansion – $300,000 – to facilitate treatment engagement for adults with a serious mental illness or co-occurring substance abuse disorder, who are in jail for non-violent, misdemeanor crimes or who have had multiple law enforcement contacts in the community.

  • Center for Health Care Services, Bexar County, TX, Sano y Salvo program – $300,000 – to provide community-based, easily-accessed resources to wrap around project services to create an encompassing support system for persons with mental illness and co-occurring disorders.

  • Shelby County, TN, Jail Diversion for Individuals with Mental Health and Co-Occurring Disorder – $299,769 – to build on the Mayor’s Jail Mental Health Network to address the county’s greatest infrastructure gap in jail diversion for consumers with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

  • Community Care Alternatives of Anchorage, AK – $278,861 – to divert individuals with a major mental illness who have committed non-violent misdemeanors from the criminal justice system into appropriate community-based services.

  • Jackson County (Independence), Missouri Health Department – $299,763 – to provide project management to law enforcement crisis intervention teams trained to respond to crisis calls from persons with mental illness.



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