Clinical Programs

The New Haven Court Diversion Program

The Connecticut Mental Health Program is administered by the Law and Psychiatry Division of the Connecticut Mental Health Center. The mission is to facilitate appropriate mental health services for persons entering the criminal justice system and for those arrested for minor crimes to facilitate entry into indicated treatment. The program provides clinical services of assessment, referral, monitoring, and reporting for persons with mental illness and without substance abuse on site in the GA23 New Haven Court. The work in the fiscal year, 2006–2007, there were 379 admissions to Jail Diversion or 324 unduplicated clients.

The Division also provided consultation and oversight of the Connecticut Mental Health Community Forensic Program which provides assessment, referral and treatment for persons with mental illness who are released form prison, on parole or probation, or under special supervision by the court. Community Forensic Services provides liaison with the New Haven Community Correction Center for pre–sentenced inmates and to DOC for sentenced inmates to facilitate treatment of mentally ill persons who are incarcerated and to link inmates with appropriate services on their release from incarceration and re–entry into the community. The program provides assessment and referrals for those inmates being released to the community. The Connecticut Offender Re–entry Program (CORP) is one of three Connecticut sites for the federally funded initiative, which provides services for inmates with mental illness who are within one year of release to the community. After they are released, the team coordinates referrals for housing, mental health treatment, and social services and continues case management until the clients are referred to permanent teams.

The Law and Psychiatry Division provides liaison with the New Haven Police Department through direct training provided to the New Have Policy Academy and consultation with police officers who are dealing with mentally ill clients in the community. The program also maintains data on the effectiveness of the diversion program. It remains a central site for the training of other staff and provides consultation to other programs.

More information: Dr. Madelon Baranoski (madelon.baranoski@yale.edu)