Intercept 2: Post Arrest: Initial Detention and Hearings
ADAPT Program (Chester County, PA)
Brochure describing the ADAPT Program in Chester County (PA), a partnership between Mental Health, the prison system and the local bail agency. Contact information is also provided.
ADAPT Forensic Diversion Specialist
c/o Human Services, Inc.
Allegheny County (PA) Post-Arrest and Pre-Booking Diversion
PowerPoint presentation from Allegheny County (PA) Office of Behavioral Health covering all services, including post-arrest and pre-booking diversion programs (slides 12-13).
Amy McNicholas Kroll
Dauphin County Mental Health Jail Diversion Program
Section of the Dauphin County (PA) Mental Health Plan outlining the County's jail diversion partnership with Pretrial Services (see pg. 139). Section contains process information and related data.
Team MISA (Mental Illness & Substance Abuse)
- Team MISA has members from different areas of the criminal justice system who review cases of defendants with special needs, such as mental health, alcohol or drug problems and divert them from prison to treatment programs, when appropriate.
- Part of Team MISA's goals are to identify veterans in need of social services.
- The “Think Tank”
- District Attorney’s Office, Pre-Trial Services, MH/MR, SPORE, Lehigh County Prison, Probation and Parole, & Public Defender’s Office
For additional information, contact the Department of Human Services Information and Referral Unit at 610-782-3200
Pre-Trial Diversion Program
(See Page 15)
- If detainees of the jail do not make bail, they receive a pre-trial services assessment for Mental Health and Substance Use [the Level of Service Index- Screening Version (LSI-S)] with additional follow up assessment for Substance Use Disorders [the Texas Christian University Drug Screen-II (TCU-II)].
- Pre-trial services selects from these offenders for diversion and release
- Initially funded by Byrne JAG and now funded by the county under the Bucks County Department of Corrections Community Corrections Division.
- Collaborative effort among criminal justice, Treatment Alternatives for Safer Communities (TASC) and treatment partners.
- TASC serves as a boundary spanner between the jail and mental health and substance abuse treatment programs in the community.
- Accepted individuals are monitored and tracked and also provided with a cognitive behavioral health curriculum that addresses criminal thinking.
- Pre-Trial participants are carefully monitored for up to three years following initial detention.
- Participation is voluntary.
Public Defender Casework
- Assigned to work exclusively with individuals with treatment needs
- Initiates contact during the preliminary hearing
- Provides linkage to mental health, substance abuse, and sex offender treatment options
- Average caseload: 30 to 35 individuals per month
- Most common treatment need: substance abuse treatment
Stephanie Mellott, Public Defender Case Worker
Washington County – Magisterial District Judge Diversionary Program (II)
- Diverted at preliminary arraignment
- Participants must satisfy treatment and medication requirements
- Evaluated by mental health caseworker who tracks progress and reports back to MDJ after 90 days
- Successful completion = charges dismissed
Scott A. Berry, Mental Health Program Director
Washington County Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Telephone: (724) 250-4079
Program information contained on this website indicates the most accurate listing of ongoing programs within each county, according to the most recent information available to the Center of Excellence. The listing of a specific program here does not constitute an endorsement of the program by the Center of Excellence, nor indicate that this program conforms to an acceptable standard of quality.