Every year more than 11 million people interact with America’s jails, costing local governments about $22 billion annually. Of these, 64% suffer from mental illness and 68% have Substance Abuse Disorder.
Nationally, people with mental illness remain incarcerated 4 to 8 times longer on average than people without mental illness who are arrested for the same charge.
Statistics reveal that over 60% of individuals with addiction often have a co-occurring mental health concern, and those with mental health concerns are more likely to use drugs of abuse than those without mental health concerns as a means of coping with mental health symptoms.
(National Institute On Drug Abuse)
The Reach Out program has had a direct impact on the average daily jail population. While the population in Yavapai County has increased by 6% from 2017 to 2022, the average daily jail census has declined by 5.3% during this same time frame resulting in substantial cost-savings of $1.2 million in costs to the county
(Yavapai Justice Collaborative Report 2022-Yavapai Reach Out Program)
“They say to serve is to love, and I think to serve is to heal too.”
A county-wide coordinated initiative of the Yavapai Justice & Mental Health Coalition.
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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
Reach Out Model Toolkit
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.