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Frequently Asked Questions: A Look into Court-Based Behavioral Health Diversion Interventions

This fact sheet is a complement to Behavioral Health Diversion Interventions: Moving from Individual Programs to a Systems-Wide Strategy (see below), which talks about developing a community-wide diversion plan across the criminal justice continuum, but notes that communities will need to determine priorities based on their specific needs. In this publication, we answer some common questions from people who may want to invest in court-based diversion, such as why set up this type of intervention, who can implement it, what are some common best practices, and where and what can people be diverted to?

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