Yavapai Justice and Mental Health Coalition
Building a healthy and safe community through partnerships and collaboration.
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Yavapai County Reach Out Initiative
Helping identify people with mental health and co-occurring disorders at the earliest possible criminal justice intercept and linking them to care to support them from re-offending.
Mental Health Awareness Training Program
Training for school and law enforcement/emergency services personnel in Yavapai County to recognize signs and symptoms of mental illness and identify resources available for individuals with mental illness and/or substance abuse concerns.
Pretrial Diversion Program
Alternative method for low level offenders whose offense is related to substance abuse. This program diverts criminal cases from formal court proceedings and allows for the dismissal of charges if the program is successfully completed.
The Yavapai Justice and Mental Health Coalition values the opportunities that our supporting justice partners, service agencies and individual members offer to our community. We acknowledge the challenges that some people face when struggling with unmet mental health and substance abuse needs and understand that these challenges have the potential for people to intersect with the criminal justice system. We have come together as a coalition because we want our community to know that we have hope. It is our pledge that our holistic, collaborative efforts will provide multiple opportunities for lives to transform; that, together, we are building a foundation for the future and stories of success. We know that collectively we are building a healthy and safe community.
The Yavapai Justice & Mental Health Coalition works with our community partners to provide opportunities, assistance and resources to the citizens of Yavapai County.
The prevalence of mental illness in United States jails ranges between 25% and 40% of jail inmates.
Of these, 60 – 80% have co-occuring substance use disorders.
Bureau of Justice Statistics
Childhood abuse or neglect raises the chance of juvenile arrest by 59%, and the likelihood criminal behavior in adulthood increases by almost 30%.
77 – 90% of incarcerated women have extensive histories of emotional, physical and sexual abuse.
Approximately 90% of juvenile detainees reported having experienced at least one traumatic event and 75% reported having been exposed to severe victimization.
Justice Brief: Juvenile and Criminal Justice Systems Health & Medicine Policy Research Group
Former inmates’ experience:
- Decline in mental health treatment
- Higher rate of emergency room use
- Higher rate of homelessness
- Higher rate of unemployment
- Less financial and emotional support from family members
Center For Public Policy Priorities, 2014