Treatment Linkages and ProvidersJackson Still2022-02-23T16:29:05+00:00
Treatment Linkages and Providers
APA recognizes the need to establish early partnerships with treatment providers to ensure programmatic success and a variety of treatment options for participants.
Input of DV Specialists
Incorporate expertise from DV specialists and DV treatment specialists at initial stages of creating the diversion program.
Partnerships with Mental and Behavioral Health Agencies and Coalitions
DV Coalitions, substance use disorder groups, and local and state mental health agencies can partner for treatment linkages and tap into counseling, family and children services with various payment options, Batterer Intervention Programs, and other alternatives for treatment.
Restitution to the victim for any property damage, medical bills, or other expenses. Specifically in diversion, restitution provides a level of accountability for victims and enrolled individuals.
Interagency Relationship and Trust
Trust and consistent relationship-building between a prosecutor’s office and DV treatment providers and specialists is paramount in the context of a DV diversion program. Program planners can partner with DV treatment providers, groups, coalitions, and organizations that demonstrate a willingness to be open and engage in a symbiotic relationship to provide status updates, build interagency trust, and report breaches of DV diversion protocol.
Establish consistent channels of communication between DV treatment providers, prosecutors, and court (if applicable) early in the diversion planning process to maintain trust and interagency relationships.
Determination of Treatment Pathway
Upon referral, DV treatment providers can conduct an assessment on a case-by-case basis to establish the appropriate treatment protocol and options for enrolled individuals.
Remote Treatment Options
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic substantially increased the availability of remote treatment options for many mental health, substance use, and related issues. Remote treatment options not only provide more cost-effective options for DV treatment providers in many cases, but also allow jurisdictions with limited resources the opportunity to seek additional assistance and linkages.
Toolkit Note: In an effort to maintain evidence-informed services, continue to monitor and evaluate the outcomes of remote treatment options that still exist in their early forms, and compare this data against that of in-person treatment options.