The Mental Health Diversion Program (MHDP) is a pilot program funded by the State of Colorado Judicial Department. This diversion program is offered in partnership between the Boulder County Jail, Boulder County Community Justice Services, and the Boulder County District Attorney. A Behavioral Health Navigator from the Boulder County Community Justice Services office will be managing the care coordination and navigation of each client participating in the MHDP. The purpose of this program is to identify and divert individuals who have mental health concerns and who are charged with low-level criminal offenses from the criminal justice system into appropriate Mental Health and Social Services services/ resources. By connecting these individuals with the appropriate resources and services, we hope to prevent further contacts with the Justice system.
Eligibility/ Client Profile
Eligible individuals include adults who come into contact with law enforcement, who are assessed as being low risk for criminal risk, and high need for stabilizing services in the community. These individuals are assessed as having low-level, eligible charges that include: Non VRA Petty Offense cases, Non VRA Misdemeanor cases, Theft, Trespass, Misdemeanor Drug charges, Criminal Mischief, and Disorderly conduct
How it works
The Program assesses appropriate individuals based on risk and need as well as the current charge(s) and provides supportive services, as well as identifying barriers or obstacles that may hinder their ability to engage in services. A Behavioral Health Navigator assists in engaging and connecting these individuals to non-criminal justice services that will assist them in achieving stability in the community. The types of services that individuals may get connected with are:
- Mental Health/Substance Abuse Services
- Housing, Education and Employment
- Food and Basic Needs
For more information about the program, contact program staff at MHDPInfo@bouldercounty.org.