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Diversion Services assist individuals who due to serious and persistent mental illness, neurocognitive conditions or developmental disability are facing prosecution for a non-violent felony or misdemeanor.
This program works to restore an individual's ability to participate in their own defense before they can stand trial. Oregon House Bill 2420 amended Oregon Revised Statutes 166.365 and 161.370 requiring courts to review input from Community Mental Health Providers (County Mental Health Programs) about services and supervision needed to restore a defendant to proceed with court action.
OHA is collaborating with the Oregon Department of Public Safety, Standards, and Training (DPSST) and Greater Oregon Behavioral Health Inc. (GOBHI), to establish the Oregon Crisis Intervention Team Center of Excellence (CITCOE).
CITCOE’s mission is to develop and maintain partnerships with Oregon criminal justice and behavioral health agencies, organizations and service providers in order to develop and maintain a network to criminal justice and behavioral health professionals, behavioral health advocates, and consumers to promote excellence in law enforcement-behavioral health training throughout Oregon.
CITs are pre-booking jail diversion programs that aim to provide people in mental health crisis the care they need instead of incarceration. Many Community Mental Health Programs in collaboration with local law enforcement agencies have established CIT programs across the state to de-escalate crisis situations involving individuals with serious mental illness.
CIT programs help to reduce officer and consumer injuries, reduce the arrests of people with mental illness, and increase referrals to treatment for people with mental illness. CITs respond to behavioral health crises in the community.
These services are available to adults that have a serious and persistent mental illness who are subject to arrest or have been arrested for a non-violent felony or misdemeanor. The purpose is to divert individuals from incarceration by linking them with appropriate mental health in the community.
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