Jail diversion programs provide an alternative to prison to individuals who have been arrested for a crime and are experiencing a behavioral health issue. Jail diversion typically involves reduced or no jail time if an offender participates in a behavioral health program. The program provides offenders with the education and tools they require to change their behavior patterns so they are not rearrested.
Thrive’s Court Clinicians are located onsite or are readily available at all Rhode Island Courthouses. They provide psychiatric assessments, referrals and liaison services to individuals who have been identified by court personnel as candidates for jail diversion. Specialized services are provided to veterans and others who suffer from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Defendants who are experiencing behavioral health symptoms are given a preliminary evaluation by the Thrive Clinician who determines their competency to understand the court proceedings, risk to the community, and willingness to comply with the recommended diversion program. Recommended diversion programs could include one or a combination of any of the following, depending on the need of the individual: outpatient mental health or substance abuse treatment, residential substance abuse treatment, a detox program, a crisis stabilization program, and/or inpatient hospitalization. A diversion program is often in lieu of spending time in jail and will become an order of the Court. Therefore full compliance in the recommend program(s) is necessary for success.
For more information on this program, contact a Thrive Court Clinic representative at 401.822.6988.
Thrive’s Court Clinic & Diversion
50 Health Lane
Warwick, RI 02886