The Substance Abuse Services and Corrections Mental Health programs of Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties (CMHA-CEI) also provide Jail Diversion services, as appropriate, through the Corrections Mental Health portion of its programs. Services are provided in the Clinton, Eaton and Ingham County Jails and on-call weekend coverage at the City of Lansing Police Detention Unit. When appropriate, individuals with Severe & Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI), and charges of misdemeanor or non-violent felony are screened for possible diversion from incarceration to treatment or other necessary community support services. Diverted individuals voluntarily agree to participate in the diversion program. Jail Diversion occurs pre-booking and post-booking.
Pre-Booking Diversion Program:
Diversion occurs at the point of the individual’s contact with law enforcement officers before formal charges are brought and relies heavily on effective interactions between law enforcement officers and community mental health and substance abuse services.
Post-Booking Diversion Program:
Diversion occurs after the individual has been booked and is in jail, out on bond, or in court for arraignment. Jail Diversion program staff work with prosecutors, attorneys, community corrections, parole and probation officers, community based mental health and substance abuse providers and the courts to develop and implement a plan that will produce a disposition outside the jail.
Evaluating a person involved with the criminal justice system to determine whether the person has a serious mental illness, co-occurring substance use disorder, or a developmental disability, and would benefit from mental health services and supports in accordance with local jail diversion agreements.
Jail Diversion Training:
CMHA-CEI staff provide ongoing cross training of law enforcement, court, substance abuse and mental health personnel on the diversion system and how to recognize and refer individuals exhibiting behavior warranting jail diversion intervention.