Jail Diversion/Early Release Program
Wayne County’s jail diversion services are provided through various collaborations that include the Wayne County Sheriff Department, the Wayne County Department of Children and Family Services, the Mental Health Court of the 3rd Circuit Court, and the Detroit Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency. Detroit Central City (DCC) is the lead service provider agency. The program provides intensive community supports which help these individuals successfully obtain community integration and assures that clients are provided with the services that will optimize their community involvement and avoid re-incarceration.
The mental health division of the jail works in collaboration with these agencies to identify non-violent clients who would benefit from early release services.
The jail diversion programs provide both pre-booking and post-booking interventions. DCC provides short-term residential programming that includes substance abuse/integrated dual disorder treatment, case management and psychiatric services. Case managers provide assessments, linkages with community resources, and ongoing mental health outpatient services. They also link clients with housing, job training and job placement. The client is followed by DCC for up to one year or during their term of probation to determine the client’s ongoing linkage with community based treatment. During this time, DCC also coordinates services with the client’s probation officer. The Mental Health Court and the Drug Court both provide additional diversion services.