Jail Diversion Outreach Team (JDOT) Program | Valley Cares

Jail Diversion Outreach Team (JDOT) Program

At Valley Behavioral Health, we want to bring new and innovative alternatives and solutions to incarceration for individuals with mental illness. One alternative we have provided is the Jail Diversion Outreach Team (JDOT) Program. The JDOT program offers 24-hour, comprehensive, individualized services. This program pairs individuals who are considered seriously and persistently mentally ill (SPMI) to the resources and support they need while helping them live independently. Our jail diversion program focuses on clients with co-occurring disorders including mental illness, substance use, and criminal justice involvement to help with housing stability and quality of life.

We strive to help as many people as possible, no matter the mental state or situation. JDOT is here to support each individual. JDOT stays involved in clients’ lives to ensure their mental health needs are being taken care of and that they are safe. If you are interested in becoming a case manager or seeking to join the JDOT program, contact us today.

What Is The Jail Diversion Program And How Does It Work?

The jail diversion outreach team works out of Valley Cares to provide in-home services to individuals who struggle with serious mental illness and have had multiple incarcerations. During the discharge planning process, mental health services coordinators at the jail will connect with individuals who qualify for the JDOT program. The team focuses on providing continued support through community-based services to help individuals succeed in everyday life.

Why This Program Is Needed And Why Its Effective

Too many adults in the criminal justice system suffer from mental health or substance use disorders. Our JDOT team works closely with the criminal justice system and hospitals to formulate intensive programs at discharge with the ultimate goal of reducing recidivism. Additionally, we strive to increase their housing stability and the possibility of a productive return to society.

Our team has a 1:10 staff/patient ratio and 24/7 availability. Thanks to our team’s skill and efforts, we have successfully reduced jail bookings by 66% and reduced an individual’s length in jail by 75%.

Our fully integrated teams are highly specialized, compassionate, and extremely competent at assessing and resolving complex behavioral health situations wherever and whenever they occur. The JDOT team consists of an LCSW, APRN, RN, case managers, and mentors from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

We begin evaluation and treatment on location 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As patients make progress, we shift to skill development and independent living, with the ultimate goal of transitioning them to outpatient programs where they are less likely to experience a relapse.

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