They often stop taking prescribed medication and do not attend counseling sessions.
As a police officer I found jail diversion a discretionary tool that was used a great deal.
Data suggests that over one quarter of all prisoners may experience mental illness or substance dependence/abuse and are not receiving treatment.
But here in Massachusetts the systems are not available to make this innovation an effective reality in any scale.
The full capability to provide mental health services in the correctional system here in Massachusetts has not been realized.
There is a growing push toward alternative restitution and jail diversion for those with mental health and substance abuse problems.WESTBOROUGH, MA – April 24, 2017 There is no magic solution for de-escalating someone who is in “crisis” or emotionally distraught.The loss of control may signal a failure of reality testing that can signal a diminished capacity to appreciate the consequence of their behavior.Nevertheless there are times when arrest is the proper course of action but jail diversion remains a possible negotiating point for those charged with some crimes.The correct response to intimate partner violence should include aftermath follow-up and intervention when the immediate crisis has settled from the events that brought police to this dangerous threshold.