Diversion First is a continuum of services, which offers alternatives to incarceration for people with mental illness, co-occurring substance use disorders and/or developmental disabilities, who come into contact with the criminal justice system for low level offenses.
Diversion First is a more efficient use of public resources designed to:
Prevent repeat encounters with the criminal justice system.
Improve public safety.
Promote a healthier community.
The goal is to intervene whenever possible to provide assessment, treatment or needed supports.