The Mental Health Jail Diversion Project was prepared in response to a Multnomah County Board of Commissioners fiscal year 2015 budget note to investigate the need and feasibility of enhancing diversion opportunities for people in county jails with mental illness to reduce criminal justice system costs, reduce recidivism, and better treat the mental health needs of the individuals. The project consisted of interviewing stakeholders, reviewing literature, summarizing jail data, convening a stakeholder group to review the materials and prioritize recommendations, and exploring cost information. The report was completed by Lore Joplin Consulting in collaboration with Ann Sihler and recommendations were made to the County Board of Commissioners in February 2015.

Mental Health Jail Diversion Final Report (3.12 MB)

Mental Health Jail Diversion Feasibility Assessment Executive Summary (273.03 KB)