American Rescue Plan Technical Session: Diversion Programs

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This session will focus on establishing and expanding access to pre-arrest and post-arrest diversion programs (ex. LEAD)

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The North Carolina Task Force on Racial Equity in Criminal Justice and the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners are sponsoring technical assistance sessions to provide assistance on three American Rescue Plan funding solutions that address both criminal justice reform and COVID-19 related mitigation and behavioral health needs.

Well-designed diversion programs can conserve resources, reduce recidivism, and minimize the collateral consequences of justice system involvement. When diversion precedes charging, participants can avoid the stigma of a criminal record entirely. Adequate funding and equitable access are critical to the creation and stability of the social determinants of public safety, including substance use disorder and mental health treatment.

North Carolina has seen success with diversion programs like Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD). Expert panelists will detail the successes of these programs, and the session will focus on using American Rescue Plan funding to establish and expand access to pre-arrest diversion and other diversion programs.

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