Trueblood Jail Diversion
Trueblood services are available in all counties in the region.
A Mental Health Diversion Program - The Trueblood program is derived from SAMHSA’s Sequential Intercept Model with a focus on Intercept 2; Initial detention and first court appearance. Trueblood assesses mental health status and needs, develops an individualized community support plan and provides recovery focused case management for incarcerated individuals living with mental illness who meet program eligibility requirements.
The Trueblood Mental Health Diversion Program works with participants living with mental health issues by assisting them to navigate a path out of incarceration.
The Trueblood Diversion Team will engage and assess participants pre-release and post-conviction to establish wrap-around services and assist them in setting up basic needs services. We will continue to guide and assist participants post release by supporting them to meet court requirements and develop healthy practices to utilize over their 6-20 month program.
The focus is for participants to integrate back into society and move forward with their lives in their respective communities while gaining independence, wellness, and stability through following our program recommendations.
Individuals who are 18 years or older and are currently facing charges that have a nexus (causal relationship) related to their diagnosed chronic mental illness, are amenable to services and meet the requirements of RCW 2.30.030.
- Dismissed or reduced charges
- Reduced risk of decompensation
- Facilitate and help cultivate positive relationships within the community and criminal justice system
- Culturally sensitive support
- Pre and post release peer support
- Assistance with community resource connections
- Individualized Coordinated Care Support Plan.
- Increased self worth and accomplishment
- Therapeutic and supportive monitoring
- Peers monitor client progress.
- Recovery focused care coordination
- Sense of connectedness, accountability, and independence
- Reduced fiscal liability to the county and community served
- Improved community safety and decreased crime rate
- Reduced incarcerated population
- Bridge the divide between criminal justice and behavioral health system
- Reduce recidivism rates
- Divert individuals from incarceration and in-patient hospitalization type setting
Connect participants to services in the most efficient manner
- Provide a community support plan in the least restrictive environment
- Minimize harm to individuals by reducing long term incarceration and decrease involvement in the criminal justice system
The Community Integrated Health Services Agency has developed a team of professionals that provide individualized support in collaboration with existing systems to assist in reintegration of program participants to an appropriate least restrictive environment. The team is comprised of;
Three Mental Health Professionals
Three Case Managers
Four Certified Peer Counselors
Community partners can refer individuals to the Trueblood Mental Health Diversion Program by calling or faxing with the information provided below.
Community Court Specialist
The Community Court Specialist (CCS) assists individuals caught in the legal system that because of their mental health issues are arrested. CCS services are available in Cowlitz County.
This program provides mental health assessments, intake process, brief counseling, and referral to behavioral community providers to include the Trueblood program, and mental health court thus; reducing recidivism into the jail system and contact with law enforcement agencies.
The CCS program provides initial mental health care to individuals with a history of encounters with the legal system and jail system through brief counseling, coordination of mental health services, advocacy of behavioral services, psychoeducation, crisis support and intervention.
Individuals assessed in the jail system qualify for the Trueblood program if they show a "nexus" between the offense committed and mental health needs resulting in jail custody. If so, the CCS writes and submits a diagnostic impression of the individual's mental health state to the individual's attorney. If the courts feels that the nexus is not strong enough to qualify for Trueblood, then the individual may still qualify under the "post-conviction" rule. If the individual does not qualify for Trueblood participation, the CCS may still work with this individual through brief counseling or therapy while incarcerated and refer this individual to community mental health providers .