Monday, January 7, 2008

Jail Diversion Program in Dallas County

Here's an article that appeared last month in the Dallas Morning News (December 19, 2007), which focuses on Dallas County's jail diversion program for offenders with mental illness:

The article presents several success stories of the program, which provides those who have committed misdemeanor offenses with an opportunity to participate in an intensive, closely-supervised mental health treatment program instead of being sent to prison. "Case managers make sure they stay on their medications and off drugs and alcohol. They must attend counseling sessions, stay out of trouble, prove they're keeping doctor appointments. They have to find housing and jobs – many are homeless when they start the program – and submit to drug testing," according to DMN columnist Jacquielynn Floyd.

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