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    Referrals - Referrals are accepted from a variety of sources, including law enforcement, jail staff, judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors, mental health professionals, family or friends. To apply for the Mental Health Diversion Program use this referral form. All completed referral forms should be faxed to 817-884-1748 or emailed to Rachel Calderon

    Criminal District Attorney Review - The initial referral must be within 90 days of initial appearance or by the third setting. The defense attorney must agree to the case being referred. Once a referral is received, the Criminal District Attorney’s Office reviews it to insure the minimum criteria are met. 

    Initial Screening - Following CDA review the defendant is given a date and time to complete screening forms and participate in an orientation to MHDP at the MHDP office. 

    Assessment - Prior criminal record, offense reports and medical documents are reviewed to establish eligibility for program admission.

    Interview - A face-to-face interview is scheduled and completed to confirm eligibility and to determine suitability.

    Criminal District Attorney Approval - Once the interview is complete, the case is sent to the Criminal District Attorney’s Office for final approval or denial.

    Time Restrictions - The screening and interview process must be completed within 180 days after the case has been initially approved for consideration by the Criminal District Attorney’s Office.

    Delivery of Program Services - Each participant is required to follow a treatment plan as specified by the program manager and the treatment provider. 

    Supervision Monitoring - A case manager will monitor each participant placed in the program, working closely with the service providers and the program manager. The program manager will recommend an initial treatment plan and individualized program goals. The case manager will routinely staff the case with the program manager.  The program manager will meet with the participant during phase three of the program to determine completion eligibility and to determine alternative program goals, treatment plan and additional interventions as needed.

    Compliance Hearing -  All participants are required to attend monthly compliance hearings. During the hearing, the court serves to hear and monitor progress and/or non-compliance issues. Incentives, interventions and sanctions are used as methods of motivation.

    Disposition of Court Case - A typical diversion period is 12 months in duration but could continue for up to two years. The period directly relates to a participant's need and/or compliance. Upon successful completion of the program, the case(s) is/are remanded to the court of origin for dismissal of all charges. In the event, the agreement is terminated, the case(s) is/are also remanded to the court of origin where a new proceeding can move forward.