It has been just over a year since the introduction of the Franklin/Medway Jail Diversion Program. Our clinician, Kallie Montagano has been instrtumental in making this an extreamly sucessful program. Our officers have come to find more uses for the JDP program than were initially expected, and all of this has lead to better care for our residents who may be suffering from an acute crisis, or long term issues. The program aimes to help the police solve problems for the longer term, and not just take an action that leads to an incident ending for the moment, only to resurface again shortly.
The Jail Diversion Program aims to help people in mental health crisis get the assistance they need, and not direct them unnecessarily into the Criminal Justice System. The Clinician rides with police officers in cruisers and responds directly to calls. They will help evaluate and make recommendations for further care and follow up. This shortens the time on scene for officers, and ultimately leads to a better outcome for those involved.
The JDP clinician can assist individuals and families who are seeking resouces to help themselves or a loved one get care.
You can read the annual report here: 2019 Franklin/Medway Jail Diversion Annual Report