Promoting Jail Diversion Alternatives for People with Mental Health Disorders
The NEOMED Department of Psychiatry Coordinating Centers of Excellence, which includes the Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence, the Ohio Program for Campus Safety and Mental Health and the Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center, understand that the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is having a major impact on all of us. In accordance with our centers’ missions, we want to provide resources for those affected by serious mental illness and their loved ones. Please see the resources below for recommendations, guidelines and tips for maintaining good mental health during this pandemic. We also encourage you to engage in self-care, manage your media exposure, stay connected with resources and networks, and to visit NEOMED’s Department of Psychiatry webpage regularly for updates.
Ohio Governor approves $4M grant to NEOMED for diversion program training and technical assistance
A new Substance Use Deflection Center of Excellence within NEOMED’s existing Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence will be established to undertake this work. The center will also conduct research on enhancing the effectiveness of deflection and diversion programs.
About CJ CCOE
The Ohio Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence promotes jail diversion alternatives for people with mental health disorders.
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs across the country help direct persons with mental illness into treatment instead of inappropriate incarceration.
Jail Diversion Research
Providing research to discern program mechanisms and characteristics to determine how diversion programs work and for whom.
Sequential Intercept Model
Working with SAMHSA’s National GAINS Center, the CJ CCoE developed a conceptual model to approach the over-representation of people with mental illness.
American College Health Association has created a guide to help college health staff and campus administrators address COVID-19 on campus.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America Psychologist Jelena Kecmanovic provides some science-based strategies and tips for coping with COVID-19 anxiety.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers many helpful information resources:
- Managing Anxiety and Stress During COVID-19
- Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event
- Interim Guidance for Administrators of U.S. Institutions of Higher Education
The Child Mind Institute has a resource on how to talk to young people about COVID-19.
Health Resources and Services Administration Telehealth Resource Centers provide assistance, education and information to organizations and individuals who are actively providing or interested in providing health care at a distance, especially those in rural and underserved populations. See centers in the United States.
Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services
- Message to Community Partners from OhioMHAS Director Lori Criss
- Managing Coronavirus-related Stress
- OhioMHAS Coronavirus resources
Policy Research, Inc. Release to What? Behavioral Health-Based Strategies to Address COVID-19 Psychiatric Times
- The role of psychiatrists during the coronavirus outbreak
- Psychiatrists Beware! The Impact of COVID-19 and Pandemics on Mental Health
World Health Organization information on travel, media resources and other research on COVID-19.
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Encouraging the mental health and criminal justice systems to work together to improve the quality of life of those residents of Ohio who suffer from mental disorders and who are at risk of finding their way unnecessarily into the criminal justice system.