Key community partners working together can create innovative and effective pre-arrest diversion options to arrest.

A well-developed and effective pre-arrest diversion program must be based on strong collaboration between community partners who are dedicated to delivering an alternative to the traditional justice process. Law enforcement serves as the front door for this intervention by monitoring the citation process. The state attorney establishes which offenses are eligible for program participation and how equality is ensured. The community service providers, especially mental health, substance use disorder, and housing partners work together to offer service options. Community leaders support and promote the program by providing the resources necessary for implementation. Open communication and memoranda of understanding between partners ensures effective operation.

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