Mental Health Diversion Council

Background: In February of 2013, Governor Snyder elevated the Diversion Strategies Workgroup by forming the Mental Health Diversion Council through Executive Order 2013-7.  The Council, chaired by Lt. Governor Brian Calley, is charged with “…reducing the number of people with mental illness or intellectual or developmental disabilities (including comorbid substance addiction) from entering the corrections system, while maintaining public safety.” The Council officially adopted the action plan created by the original workgroup, which outlines specific goals, strategies and recommendations to improve diversion of those with mental illness and developmental disabilities. Members are currently working to accomplish all of the outlined goals and milestones.

Pilots: The Diversion Council funds various pilots to initiate innovative ways to divert people with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities from incarceration. The goal of the pilots is to gather data in an attempt to replicate preferred practices throughout the state.  Current pilots include the following:

  • Barry – CIT, Juvenile Diversion, Screening Tool
  • Berrien - CIT, Jail Clinicians, Intensive Follow Thru
  • Detroit Central City – Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (F.A.C.T.), Longer Term Housing
  • Detroit SW Community Court – Community-Based Sentencing
  • Kalamazoo – CIT, CIT-Y, Longer Term Housing, Data Warehousing
  • Kent – Full-Time Jail Clinicians and Intensive Follow Up, Diversion Center
  • Livingston – CIT, In-Jail Staff Clinicians, Pre-Release Assessments
  • Marquette – CIT, Crisis Beds, Jail Liaison, Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), Diversion Unit
  • Monroe – Jail Staff-Peer Supports, Mental Health Court
  • Oakland – CIT, CIT-Y, In-Jail Staff, Boundary Spanner
  • St. Joseph – CIT, Diversion Center, Boundary Spanner

Juvenile Justice: In March of 2014, Governor Snyder expanded the scope of the Diversion Council to incorporate the issue of juvenile justice through Executive Order 2014-7. The membership was also expanded to include individuals with expertise in this specific area. The Council has since adopted an action plan specific to the juvenile justice population and is working to implement its initiatives

Progress EvaluationThe Diversion Council partnered with Michigan State University’s Data and Evaluation Team in 2015 to collect data on the Council’s pilots. The Baseline Data Report covers eight current pilot initiatives and provides baseline data and information to the Diversion Council as well as those pilot communities to facilitate planning for future diversion activities.  The report focuses on three main areas:

  • Prevalence of serious mental illness in jails
  • Recidivism among individuals with serious mental illness
  • Crisis Intervention Team training

Long-term outcomes will be assessed at the one-year mark to better understand recidivism, mental health treatment engagement, and consistency of outcomes.



Related Documents
Baseline Report 2017 PDF icon
Diversion Council Action Plan May 2017 PDF icon
JJ Action Plan May 2017 PDF icon