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Posted on: December 18, 2023

Advancements at state, county levels work to reform youth justice system

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In 2023, a bipartisan legislative bill package was signed into law to achieve a number of the recommendations set forth by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s task force on juvenile justice reform.&a...

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Community Mental Health - Criminal Justice Diversion
Posted on: December 18, 2023

A reentry journey in Washtenaw County

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On a typical day, Stephanale, 51, wakes up in his Washtenaw County hotel room and prepares for work. He gets picked up by his boss or walks to an urban farm in Ypsilanti, where he spends his days planting, harvesting, and distributing fresh produce to loc...

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Community Mental Health - Criminal Justice Diversion
Posted on: August 22, 2023

Washtenaw jail-based behavioral health services aim to break the cycle of recidivism

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For the last four years, Washtenaw County’s Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage has provided financial support to reduce recidivism rates–the rates at which individuals return to jail after serving their time–among Washtenaw County jail r...

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Community Mental Health - Criminal Justice Diversion
Posted on: December 15, 2022

A Q&A with Willie Sturdivant, Jr., LEADD Case Manager with Washtenaw County Community Mental Health

 Willie Sturdivant, Jr., LEADD Case Manager with Washtenaw County Community Mental Health

We recently spoke with Willie Sturdivant, Jr., a case manager at Washtenaw County Community Mental Health (WCCMH) who works with the county’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion and Deflection (LEADD) program.

Q. How did you come to work f...

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Community Mental Health - Criminal Justice Diversion
Posted on: March 29, 2022

Reentry redux: How millage funds help residents of the jail navigate community reentry

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By Erin Spanier

Returning to the community after a jail stay. 

It sounds simple enough on the face of it, but even in resource-rich communities like ours, more than half of Michiganders will return to jail within three years of release. An...

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Community Mental Health - Criminal Justice Diversion
Posted on: December 14, 2021

Introducing LEADD: A new millage-supported program to divert from jail to mental health services

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Imagine this situation: Someone is intoxicated, possibly struggling with a larger problem like addiction or poverty, and refusing to leave a business. The business owner calls the police. What should the police do?

“Traditionally, the police had two option...

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Community Mental Health - Criminal Justice Diversion
Posted on: September 14, 2021

Millage funding and partnerships are reforming how Washtenaw County responds to public safety

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Beginning in 2019, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) and Washtenaw County Community Mental Health (WCCMH)—with funding from the Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage—came together to adopt a set of police reforms.

The ref...

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Community Mental Health - Criminal Justice Diversion
Posted on: February 18, 2021

First year of reentry services grant focuses on new staff, housing supports

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In 2019, Washtenaw County received a $1 million, four-year grant from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Administration. The purpose: To address high recidivism rates--the rates of individuals returning to jail after release--among those with mental health and su...

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Community Mental Health - Criminal Justice Diversion
Posted on: October 26, 2020

Washtenaw ahead of the curve in national movement for police reform

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George Floyd’s death this spring, at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers, sparked massive protests across the nation for meaningful police reforms to address police brutality toward Black individuals—which has been well-documented in recent year...

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Community Mental Health - Criminal Justice Diversion
Posted on: May 1, 2020

WCCMH staff join Washtenaw's Crisis Negotiation Team

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Last November, five mental health professionals from Washtenaw County’s Community Mental Health were tapped by the Sheriff’s Office to join Washtenaw County’s Crisis Negotiation Team. 

During the first week of December, the CMH staff attended a on...

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Community Mental Health - Criminal Justice Diversion
Posted on: December 9, 2019

Millage Q&A with Community Corrections Manager Renee Wilson

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The Washtenaw County Community Corrections Department, part of the sheriff’s office, provides jail diversion options and assistance for people at all stages of the criminal justice process--from initial detention and court hearings to time spent in jail a...

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Community Mental Health - Criminal Justice Diversion
Posted on: December 9, 2019

Washtenaw County prepares to launch LEAD

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This January, Washtenaw County and the City of Detroit were among 15 jurisdictions hand picked from regions across the country to participate in the inaugural LEAD National Learning Conference hosted by the U.S. Public Defender Association and the LEAD Na...

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Community Mental Health - Criminal Justice Diversion
Posted on: December 9, 2019

$1 million grant to reduce recidivism, improve community reentry for individuals with MHSUD

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Washtenaw County has received a $1 million, four-year grant from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Administration to address high recidivism rates among individuals with mental health and substance use disorders to build on collaborative work between the Washten...

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Community Mental Health - Criminal Justice Diversion
Posted on: December 9, 2019

Washtenaw and Detroit to participate in national LEAD training institute

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Washtenaw County and Detroit are the first Michigan jurisdictions to be chosen to participate in the national Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) training institute in Seattle, WA.

Five Washtenaw County diversion leaders--from the Washtenaw County Sh...

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Community Mental Health - Criminal Justice Diversion
Posted on: April 4, 2019

Planning juvenile justice diversion activities

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Research from the National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice (NCYOJ) shows that behavioral health and trauma conditions are consistently higher among youth in the juvenile justice system when compared with the general adolescent population.

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Community Mental Health - Criminal Justice Diversion
Posted on: December 21, 2018

Public safety accomplishments and plans for future millage investments

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Washtenaw County Community Mental Health works closely with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office to improve services for residents with mental health and substance use disorders who come into contact with law enforcement and the corrections system.

Their ...

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Community Mental Health - Criminal Justice Diversion