It All Begins in the Jail


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Presented by: Denise Curiel, Criminal Justice Liaison for Community Partnership of Southern Arizona

Diana Carino, Criminal Justice Assistant for Community Partnership of Southern Arizona

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It All Begins in the Jail

  2. 2. Presenters: Denise Curiel, Criminal Justice Liaison for Community Partnership of Southern Arizona Diana Carino, Criminal Justice Assistant for Community Partnership of Southern Arizona
  3. 3. What is CPSA? <ul><li>Community Partnership of Southern Arizona </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RBHA = Regional Behavioral Health Authority </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A local, nonprofit, community-based organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contracts with the Arizona Department of Health Services/Division of Behavioral Health Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oversees public behavioral health services for Southern Arizona </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subcontracts direct care for adults and children </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Criminal Justice Team Objectives <ul><li>Improve the lives of our members </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Successfully resolve criminal charges, re-engage in treatment, prevent future criminal activity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Increase public safety </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Individuals stabilized on treatment are less likely to commit mental health-related crime </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Save taxpayer dollars </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jail days, future prosecution, inpatient hospital admission (and other more costly treatment) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. CPSA Criminal Justice Program’s Overview <ul><li>Initial Appearance: CPSA staff person present to identify in real time enrolled members </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Obtain release of information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide information to judge regarding release conditions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Identify individuals who may need immediate psychiatric intervention </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Positive outcomes & how it can work in your community </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. CPSA Criminal Justice Program’s Overview <ul><li>Mental Health Courts & Collaborations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Seven in total in Pima County </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mix of Urban & Rural, Felony & Misdemeanor, Diversion & Non-Diversion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>First MHC in Arizona at Tucson City Court in 2000 </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Diversion: What is it? <ul><li>“ Alternatives to the incarceration and/or prosecution, of individuals with co-occurring disorders that involve interagency coordination among and between behavioral health, law enforcement, and criminal justice systems” </li></ul>
  8. 8. Mental Health Diversion Eligibility <ul><li>Person (s) with a serious mental illness </li></ul><ul><li>Person (s) with a co-occurring disorder </li></ul><ul><li>Person (s) with a Traumatic brain impairment </li></ul><ul><li>Person (s) with a developmental disability </li></ul><ul><li>Title 19 AHCCCS/Medicaid eligible </li></ul>
  9. 9. Stakeholders: <ul><li>Defendant Public Defenders </li></ul><ul><li>Victims Prosecutor </li></ul><ul><li>Community Providers </li></ul><ul><li>Law Enforcement RBHA(CPSA) </li></ul><ul><li>Jail </li></ul>
  10. 10. What the Mental Health Diversion Offers the defendant <ul><li>A Team that has experience in working with defendants with a co-occurring disorders </li></ul><ul><li>Behavioral Health Probation Officer </li></ul><ul><li>Continues engagement with treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Misdemeanor charges are dismissed (Felonies in most cases are reduced to a misdemeanor or a lower class felony) </li></ul>
  11. 11. What Mental Health Diversion offers its stakeholders <ul><li>Coordination of Care </li></ul><ul><li>Expedite case processing </li></ul><ul><li>Decrease number of jail days </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce recidivism </li></ul><ul><li>Relieve jail overcrowding </li></ul><ul><li>Cost effective to the City </li></ul><ul><li>Enhances community safety </li></ul>
  12. 12. Referral Source <ul><li>Member / defendant </li></ul><ul><li>Criminal Justice Assistant </li></ul><ul><li>Jail / Law Enforcement </li></ul><ul><li>Case workers </li></ul><ul><li>Family members </li></ul><ul><li>Attorneys </li></ul>
  13. 13. CPSA Criminal Justice Team Accomplishments <ul><li>Jail diversion saves Pima County taxpayers more than $1 million per year </li></ul><ul><li>Tucson City Mental Health Court has a 97% graduation rate </li></ul><ul><li>CPSA trained more than 700 Southern Arizona police officers in Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) </li></ul><ul><li>On any given day, the team supervises up to 800 individuals with mental illness in the Justice system </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced the number of jail days from 28 to 7 for defendants with a behavioral health need </li></ul><ul><li>Established working relationships between behavioral health and Criminal Justice System </li></ul><ul><li>Allowed those persons with a behavioral health need to re-engage in their treatment </li></ul>
  14. 14. CPSA Criminal Justice Team Awards <ul><li>National GAINS Center: Impact Award </li></ul><ul><li>National Council on Community Behavioral Healthcare: Program of Significance </li></ul><ul><li>City of Tucson: Public Services Excellence Award </li></ul><ul><li>Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government: Top 100 Nationwide </li></ul><ul><li>Arizona Supreme Court: Innovations Award </li></ul><ul><li>Arizona Center for Disability Law: Award for Mental Health Advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Arizona Criminal Justice Commission: Innovation in Community Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Schorr Family Award: Distinguished Contribution in Mental Health </li></ul>
  15. 15. Thank you for coming
  16. 16. Contact Names and Numbers <ul><li>Denise Curiel - CPSA (520) 322-4102 or at [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Diana Carino – CPSA (520) 322-4106 or at [email_address] </li></ul>