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FC Home Services Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative


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The Fulton County Department of BHDD continues to play an active role with the Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative.   Both     LaTrina Foster and Lynnette Allen, Fulton County Opioid Coordinator, serve on the Policy Advisory Council for the organization.   In addition, uninsured individuals with mental health issues are diverted to the Department’s clinics for treatment, in lieu of being placed under arrest..

The six year old organization began as a grassroots coalition to champion criminal justice reform and propose more effective approaches to public safety. The two-year pilot was developed in collaboration with criminal justice agencies, local governments, neighborhood and faith leaders, and social services providers.        

Currently, they partner with the Atlanta Police Department to divert people subject to arrest in the neighborhoods of Downtown, Midtown, and Old Fourth Ward. Their priority participants are:

  • Impacted by racial disparities in arrests
  • Multiple contacts with criminal legal system
  • Excluded from other services
  • Unmet mental health needs
  • Substance use and abuse
  • Extreme poverty

The Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative provides case management, linkage to care, and participant advocacy.   The organization also works to strengthen social services in the Metro Atlanta region by building capacity for evidence-based care.   For more information about the Pre - Arrest Diversion program, visit www.prearrestdiversion.org.