Training and Technical Assistance Sites

A joint committee comprised of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA), and the Center for Court Innovation (CCI), conducted a national email solicitation of prosecutor’s offices to identify those interested in implementing a prosecutor-led diversion program targeting incarceration-bound individuals with drug or alcohol abuse issues, mental illness issues, or who are victims of human trafficking.

To date, four sites have been designated as Prosecutor-Led Diversion Training & Technical Assistance Sites.  BJA, APA, CCI, the Prosecutor-Led Diversion Mentor Site and various Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) will work with these sites to develop, implement, and evaluate their proposed prosecutor-led diversion programs.  Each site will receive assistance in developing a project action plan that articulates goals and objectives, action items, and a project implementation timeline and help in implementing and evaluating the program.

​The current sites are:

Deschutes County (OR) District Attorney's Office-  The Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office is currently involved with several different diversion programs that involve misdemeanor and low level drug crimes and participants that are drug involved or mentally ill or are involved in acts of domestic violence. 

The office intends to use the intensive training and technical assistance available under this grant program to further develop the array of diversion responses available to include individuals who are drug-involved or mentally ill and who are committing more serious felony drug offenses.  They also hope to incorporate the use of a risk and needs assessment tool to guide programing decisions and develop an evaluation plan for their drug diversion programs.

Santa Barbara County(CA) District Attorney's Office- The Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office has over seven diversion programs that are offered to juveniles and young adults, drug involved individuals, alcohol involved individuals, and victims of sexually exploitation. The programs involve misdemeanors, marijuana possession and other lower level drug felonies, and lower level property felonies.

 

The office intends to use the intensive training and technical assistance available under this grant program to develop a pre-filing, prosecutor-led diversion program focusing on felony property offenses committed by individuals who are drug and alcohol-involved or are mentally ill.  The office also intends to explore the use of risks and needs assessment tools to assist decision-making about participant programming.

Dallas County (TX) District Attorney's Office-  The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office has more than a half a dozen diversion programs operating as problem-solving courts that are offered to drug involved individuals, alcohol involved individuals, juveniles and young adults. These programs involve misdemeanors, marijuana possession and other lower level drug felonies. 

The office intends to use the intensive training and technical assistance available under this grant program to fill an existing gap in less intensive, non-specialty court involved, prosecutor-led diversions programing.  The office also intends to create a set of diversion options that can funnel participants from the least intensive, non-court involved intervention to the most intensive specialty court seamlessly, depending on a participant’s degree of successful participation.

 

Orange County (NY) District Attorney's Office- The Orange County District Attorney’s Office has at least seven diversion programs that involve misdemeanors, marijuana possession and lower level drug felonies, and low level property felonies.  The programs are offered to juveniles, young adults, drug involved individuals, mentally individuals, alcohol individuals, and shoplifters.

 

The office intends to use the intensive training and technical assistance available under this grant program to develop an array of prosecutor-led diversion programing that is more coherent and policy driven than the existing process which relies on the individualized decisions of each prosecutor.  The office also hopes to increase the number of prosecutor-led diversions options available.

 

Additional sites and a second wave of sites will be selected as training and technical assistance resources become available.