In order to respond to crisis and assist with hospital or psychiatric transport, Police Officers receive regular Crisis Intervention training.
“It is treatment not incarceration, that will equip those who suffer with mental illness to maintain wellness for themselves and our communities.”
(David’s Hope, AZ, 2017)
In 2017, Crisis Intervention Teams and Stabilization Units responded to 611 law enforcement calls for service. 99% of these calls resulted in treatment rather than arrest.
Diversion is imperative! On average, people with mental illnesses remain incarcerated 8 times longer than people without mental illnesses arrested for the exact same charge, at a cost 7 times higher.
(David’s Hope, AZ, 2017)
It is a fact… Those individuals diverted:
- Have fewer jail days
- use less alcohol and drugs
- have fewer arrests post diversion
- have improved quality of life
SAMHSA Prevention Priorities 2012
A county-wide coordinated initiative of the Yavapai Justice & Mental Health Coalition.
Our community is experiencing disruptions due to the COVID-19 crisis on multiple levels.
Not only do we need to be aware and conscientious about contracting, spreading, and/or healing from the virus – the impact to our daily routines and lifestyles continues to be affected daily.
Many of us, our neighbors, family members, friends, and co-workers are being affected financially as well.
These stressors impact our mental health, physical health and quality of life.
With school children at home, our emphasis on distancing and self-isolating, financial stress, anxiety about the virus – Yavapai’s service providers, schools, government agencies, faith-based agencies and more have increased their ability to support our Yavapai community on multiple levels.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE, and we will get through this because Yavapai IS stronger together and there are many resources available no matter the need!
Please utilize the collected resources from our Coalition Partners on this website.
Reach out to us for help to find resources.
Yavapai County Reach Out Initiative
The Reach Out Initiative includes a team of stakeholders that cross over multiple systems, including mental health, substance abuse, law enforcement, pretrial services, courts, jails, community corrections, housing, health, social services, family members and many others.
The goal is to improve cross-system collaborations to reduce involvement in the justice system by people with mental and substance abuse disorders.
Focusing on the Whole Person...
- 24/7 Crisis Hotline & mobile crisis outreach teams
- Transitioning inmates into appropriate mental health and substance use treatment
- Enhanced communication between courts, pretrial services, correctional health services, attorneys, probation and local behavioral health services.
- Access to recovery support, benefits, housing and employment services.
One Mind Pledge
What is Reach Out?
In an effort to prevent arrests, trained Law Enforcement Officers utilize de-escalation skills and community 24/7 Crisis Response Teams to provide mental health treatment and support to divert from jail.
At time of booking, all inmates screened for mental health and substance use disorders. Those needing further assessment are connected to appropriate providers. Information is then provided to the court of jurisdiction for use during the inmates Initial Appearance.
Inmates meeting criteria receive an assessment and a treatment plan is developed. Collaboration occurs between the Jail, Regional Behavioral Health Authority, local Behavioral Health Homes and the Courts for determination of whether alternative services are appropriate or not.
RELEASE TO TREATMENT
The Jail collaborates with Pre-Trial Services and the Courts for diversion to treatment. Services begin within 24 hours of release and transportation is provided to ensure success.
*Individuals participating in the Post Arrest Diversion program are connected with SA & MH services (reduced jail time, earlier treatment).
TRACK, REPORT & SUPPORT
Progress tracked in the program through Jail, Pre-Trial Services and the Behavioral Health Home. Released inmates provided Reentry support through employment, housing, coaching and other community resources.