- 2009 Grantees
- 2008 Grantees
Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Program-Priority to Veterans 2008-2009
As noted by the document Invisible Wounds of War released in 2008 by the RAND Corporation, an increasing number of combat veterans are returning from duty overseas with as many as 17 percent developing PTSD and other mental illnesses. For many of these veterans their mental health issues will go untreated, placing them at higher risk for involvement in the justice system. In addition to this, many communities struggle with providing adequate supports to ensure that these veterans successfully reintegrate back into community life.
Because of these issues and the growing number of individuals with PTSD and trauma histories who come into contact with the criminal justice system, SAMHSA awarded six Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Program grants in the fall of 2008, six Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Program grants in the fall of 2009 and one Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Program grant in the spring of 2010 to support local implementation and statewide expansion of trauma-informed jail diversion programs for people with post traumatic stress (PTSD) and other trauma-related disorders. RAND also identified that there is a dramatically higher prevalence of trauma related diagnosis among veterans. In recognition of these findings, these programs will prioritize eligibility for veterans.
As the technical assistance center for the 2008 and 2009 grantees, SAMHSA's GAINS Center will provide support to this initiative by:
- Assisting states with infrastructure development by offering aid in program design, action planning, and overcoming barriers;
- Supporting states in proactively incorporating veterans’ voices into program development and implementation by providing training to mental health veterans working with jail diversion programs;
- Providing TA regarding jail diversion, criminal justice linkages, and reentry program development specific to veterans needs;
- Imparting direction on creating trauma-informed systems and providing trauma-specific services that highlight veterans combat experiences;
- Assisting states’ program planning and design by conducting states’ systems mapping and encouraging the use of evidence-based practices;
- Implementing support by providing training, annual meetings, and on-site TA visits; and
- Providing guidance on identifying methods for program sustainability.
JDTR Grantees: To submit a request for on-site technical assistance, please complete and submit the SAMHSA's GAINS Center Technical Assistance Request Form for JDTR in Word format (MS Word Doc 16.6kb) or the SAMHSA's GAINS Center Technical Assistance Request Form for JDTR in PDF format (PDF 276kb).
2009 Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Program-Priority to Veterans
Florida State Department of Children and Families, Tallahassee, FL - This grant will use a two-pronged approach, with a result of diverting individuals at the initial contact with law enforcement and implementing a training program on coaching and supervision of staff for trauma screening, treatment and recovery services.
New Mexico State Human Services Department, Santa Fe, NM - This grant will serve adults with a history of trauma and prioritize veterans by implementing the Seeking Safety model of trauma treatment and recovery.
North Carolina State Department of Health and Human Services, Raleigh, NC - This program will pilot its infrastructure program in Mecklenburg County in Charlotte, diverting an estimated 1,000 people to community-based management, employment services and veteran specific peer support services.
Ohio State Department of Mental Health, Columbus, OH - This program will implement Project VETS, which seeks to assist military personnel and their families suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or other trauma related disorders who become involved with the criminal justice system by prevention, criminal justice intervention and diversion and long term recovery and support.
Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Harrisburg, PA - This program will divert veterans with trauma related disorders from the justice system to trauma-specific treatment and support services.
Rhode Island State Department of Mental Health, Retardation and Hospitals, Cranston, RI - This grant will provide training in trauma informed care and provide services to an estimated 650 persons over five years using the Trauma Addiction, Mental Health and Recovery approach to delivering treatment and recovery support services.
Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin, TX - This program will pilot a jail diversion and trauma recovery program using the Seeking Safety model of trauma treatment and estimates serving and providing treatment to 180 persons per year.
2008 Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Program-Priority to Veterans
Colorado Mental Health Division, Denver, CO - This grant will provide jail diversion services to veterans within Colorado and directly link them with treatment services that will support recovery from trauma disorders including co-occurring disorders.
Connecticut State Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Hartford, CT - This grant will support the CT Diversion/Trauma Recovery Program to provide veterans with PTSD/trauma-related disorders, effective integrated services and recovery support.
Georgia State Department of Human Resources, Atlanta, GA - This grant will support the provision of trauma-integrated jail diversion services for veterans and include the training of criminal justice, mental health, and substance abuse treatment staff on trauma-informed care.
Illinois State Department of Human Services, Chicago, IL - This program will be implemented in two phases, with a result of delivering trauma-informed, evidence-based treatment to 120 consumers as well as specialized training for 1,100 police officers in street level responses to veterans living with a mental illness.
Massachusetts State Department of Mental Health, Boston, MA - This program will implement Mission Direct Vet, which seeks to reduce justice involvement among veterans returning from Iraq/Afghanistan with trauma-related symptoms and addictions by using trauma-sensitive, veteran-focused mental health and substance abuse treatment, and peer support.
Vermont State Department of Health, Burlington, VT - This program will pilot its infrastructure and intervention program in Chittenden County, screening an estimated 14,000 veterans and other adults in the criminal justice system for trauma-related disorders and diverting an estimated 300 people from detention to evidence-based treatment and supports.
Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Webinar: New York State's Model Policies and Practices that Promote the Recruitment, Hiring, Retention, and Advancement of Peer Staff with Histories of Involvement with the Criminal Justice System - May 7, 2013
- New York State’s Model Policies and Practices that Promote the Recruitment, Hiring, Retention, and Advancement of Peer Staff with Histories of Involvement with the Criminal Justice System (PDF .97MB)
- Webinar Recording with Audio (Windows Media Player)
- Everything You Need to Know About Criminal History Background Checks for Employment or Volunteer Service (PDF 238kb)
Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery –Priority to Veterans 2013 Annual Grantee Meeting
May 2, 2013 – Annual Grantee Meeting
- Integrating JDTR with Other State Veteran Initiatives Dan Abreu, SAMHSA's GAINS Center; Matt Stiner, Policy & Partnerships Director, Justice for Vets, NADCP; Sam Shore, Texas Department of State Health Services
Texas Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Initiative: Leveraging Opportunities in the Environment (PDF 506kb)
Essential Principles of Program Development and National Initiatives (PDF 679kb)
Justice for Vets "Dispatch From the Front Lines"
- Doing Effective Pre-Booking Diversion (PDF 2.31MB) Henry J. Steadman, Director, SAMHSA's GAINS Center; Gilbert Gonzales, The Center for Health Care Services, San Antonio, TX
- JDTR Cross-Site Evaluation Meeting Advocates for Human Potential
Early Exploration of Client Characteristics, Services, & Outcomes (PDF 458kb) Laura Elwyn & Kristin Stainbrook
Implementation and Program Characteristics: Findings from the Cohort 1 Process Site Visits (PDF 257kb) Amy Salomon
Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery –Priority to Veterans 2012 Annual Grantee Meeting
Day 1: March 28, 2012 – Learning Community Meeting
- Innovative Use of Peers in Drug Courts and Veteran Treatment Courts (PDF 1.43MB)
Carolyn Hardin and Matt Stiner, National Drug Court Institute/National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NDCI/NADCP)
- Snapshot of Potential Workforce Development Opportunities for Program Participants and Graduates (PDF 272kb)
LaVerne D. Miller, SAMHSA’s GAINS Center
- Veteran Peer Specialist Certification (PDF 227kb)
Kevin Edwards, Florida
- Our Community/Ourselves: Effectively Collaborating with Community Based Organizations (PDF 555kb)
Cruz Vallarta, Texas, and David Goldstein, Massachusetts
- Empowerment and Recovery OEF/OIF Veterans (PDF 157kb)
David Carlson, MHISSION-VT/JDTR, Vermont
- Engaging the Media for Positive Messages about Veterans and Veterans Initiatives (PDF 244kb)
Daniel Warvi, Colorado
Day 2: March 29, 2012 – Annual Grantee Meeting
- National Evaluation Update (PDF 415kb)
Kristin Stainbrook, Advocates for Human Potential
- Working Toward Sustainability: Strategies and Plans for Achieving Sustainability after Federal Funding Ends (PDF 176kb)
Maureen McDonnell, TASC
Jac Charlier, TASC
- State Advisory Committees and the Statewide Roll Out (PDF 945kb)
Dan Abreu, SAMHSA’s GAINS Center
- Making the Case for Sustaining JDTR Projects: Successfully Leveraging Peer Involvement (PDF 209kb)
LaVerne D. Miller, SAMHSA’s GAINS Center