News and Announcements
CBHJ and Michigan Mental Health Diversion Council host sixth annual Jail Diversion Summit for over 150 of Michigan's criminal/legal and behavioral health leaders
The Wayne State University School of Social Work Center for Behavioral Health and Justice (CBHJ) facilitated the sixth annual Jail Diversion Pilot Summit on August 20, 2020. The summit, an annual event hosted by State Diversion Administrator Steven Mays and the Michigan Mental Health Diversion Council (MMHDC), has evolved over the years. Traditionally held in Romney Building in Lansing, the event has brought together criminal/legal and behavioral health stakeholders from the ten funded Jail Diversion pilot counties from across the state to network and share information on their jail diversion efforts and best practices. Under the leadership of School of Social Work Dean Sheryl Kubiak, the CBHJ has served as the data and evaluation team for the pilot program since 2015. In 2019, the annual summit expanded to include stakeholders from Stepping Up counties that engaged in technical assistance provided by the CBHJ under a separate grant from the Diversion Council. This year, due to COVID-19, the summit moved to an online platform.
Emergent Use of Remote Technologies in Jails and Prisons during the COVID-19 pandemic
In light of the current COVID-19 crisis, the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice (CBHJ) recognizes that availability of and access to jail-based behavioral health services (including mental health (MH) and substance use disorder (SUD) services) and discharge planning or connection to community-based services may decrease or be temporarily eliminated. At the same time, the acuity of mental health and substance misuse concerns among detainees is likely to rise. Strategies to maintain services within the jail and facilitate community discharge can be enhanced by the use of technology (e.g. phone or internet) between the jail and community providers. As such, the CBHJ has compiled the following recommendations and information relating to telehealth and technology to address gaps in service delivery: Expansion of Qualifying Remote Technology Activities Supported Through Remote Technology Identification and Prioritization of Need Access to Video Visitation and Phone Calls
The CBHJ helps Michigan counties step up jail diversion efforts
The number of Michigan counties stepping up to divert individuals with mental illness from county jails has grown by 42% since 2018 and that number is expected to continue to rise. The Wayne State University School of Social Work Center for Behavioral Health and Justice (CBHJ) began providing technical assistance to Stepping Up counties in May 2018 under a grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Michigan Mental Health Diversion Council (MMHDC). News of these successes and the benefits of Stepping Up technical assistance is quickly spreading across the state. Between October 2019 and March 2020, seven counties have endorsed Stepping Up resolutions in order to become eligible for the technical assistance.