ODMHSAS Criminal Justice Services Division
Programs & Services
Law Enforcement Partnerships
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training is a community effort partnering both police officers and the community together for common goals of safety, understanding, and service to individuals with mental illness and their families. Officers participate in a 5-day, 40 hour training program. The training program consists of several classes taught by a variety of instructors including a Mental Health Professional, a Substance Abuse Specialist, Social workers, Police Officers, and representatives from NAMI. Panel discussions with service providers from the Community Mental Health Centers are also included. This training prepares the officer to safely de-escalate a crisis, determine the need for emergency treatment, and get the consumer to professional treatment as quickly as possible.
Research has shown that CIT training: decreases use of force, helps under-served consumers be identified by officers and provided with care, provides officers with better training and education in verbal de-escalation techniques, and decreases officer's injuries during crisis events.
Resources for CIT Officers
To request CIT Training in your area, contact Tania Woods.
Law Enforcement Continuing Education
The ODMHSAS provides many CLEET-approved mental health training opportunities throughout the year. Please see the CJS Training Opportunities page for a list of current opportunities. For information on how you can request a training for your agency, please contact Tania Woods.
County Jail and Court Partnerships
Pre-Trial Services Support
County jail overcrowding is a significant problem across the nation and Oklahoma is no different. Many studies have demonstrated that the largest population in county jails are often defendants being held pre-trial.
Pre-trial detention is necessary for community safety in some instances. When defendants whom are not a risk to the community are detained at pre-trial for long periods of time it not only places a financial burden on the county, it can also increase the likelihood of new criminal activity for the defendant.
One large pre-trial study identified that when detaining low risk defendants for 2-3 days, defendants were 40% more likely to commit crimes before trial. When held 8-14 days, crime was 51% more likely for 2 years. (Policy Research Associates)
The ODMHSAS provides support to jurisdictions interested in either implementing or enhancing their pre-trial services. For more information, please contact Nisha Wilson.
Offender Screening Program
Oklahoma has made significant investments into diversion programs over the last several decades. For individuals facing criminal felony charges, the quicker they end up in the appropriate diversion opportunity (that best matches their supervision and treatment needs) the more likely the individual will be successful in diversion.
As authorized in 43A O.S. 3-704, the Offender Screening program provides criminogenic risk, mental health, and substance abuse screenings to felony defendants to make recommendations to the court, prosecutor, and defense attorney on the best diversion option.
Currently, 37 counties have Offender Screening available with over 20,000 defendants assessed to date. Data demonstrates that counties that have fully implemented the program are able to more quickly reach final case disposition, resulting in fewer days in jail.
To find out if your county has an Offender Screening program available, click here.
The ODMHSAS contracts with certified treatment agencies to provide Offender Screening services. If you are employed with one of these contractors and need information on how to become an approved Offender Screener, click here.
Treatment Courts are specialized court dockets which provide a combination of supervision services behavioral health treatment to meet the needs of each program participant. Oklahoma's Treatment Courts include Adult Drug Court, Adult Mental Health Court, Juvenile Drug Courts, and Municipal Court Programs. These programs have the same goal- to give eligible participants the opportunity to make positive changes in their lives.
Treatment Court programs offer many financial and societal benefits, including lower recidivism rates, reduced incarceration ts, reunification of families, and improved child support and tax payments as participants obtain and maintain employment. In addition, the devastating cycle of generational criminal behavior and addiction is broken as participants become healthy, productive members of their communities.
For more information on each type of Treatment Court, select from the list below:
Adult Drug Court
Juvenile Drug Court
Mental Health Court
Municipal Court Diversion
County Jail and Court Continuing Education
The ODMHSAS provides many training opportunities throughout year for county jail and court staff. Please see the CJS Training Opportunities page for a list of current opportunities. For information on how you can request a training, please contact Nisha Wilson.
County Jail and Court Technical Assistance
The ODMHSAS provides technical assistance to jails and courts who are seeking assistance with any barriers related to helping justice-involved individuals with behavioral health treatment needs. If you are a representative of a county or municipal criminal justice partner and would like to request technical assistance from ODMHSAS, please contact Nisha Wilson.
Justice-Involved Veterans Support
Oklahoma has a significant number of veterans relative to its overall population. The 2010 Census identifies 12.5% of the state's population as veterans compared with 9.9% nationally. Additionally, the state is home to two Army bases, three Air Force bases, and one Coast Guard Institute. More than 47,000 active service members now reside in Oklahoma.
In the past 15 years, Oklahoma service members have experienced unprecedented numbers of deployments and re-deployments. For some, the effects of these re-deployments have resulted in an increase in behavioral health treatment needs and criminal justice involvement. The ODMHSAS is dedicated to enhancing each of our criminal justice partnerships to provide exceptional care to current and former service members.
The Zone4Vets program is an optional recognition program for all criminal justice courts and other partners to demonstrate a high quality of veteran care. For more information on the Zone4Vets program, click here. For any questions, please contact David Clinton.
Prison Based and Reentry Services
ODMHSAS collaborates with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections and community based providers to assist incarcerated individuals with behavioral health treatment needs with care management that connects them to behavioral health services upon release.
Prison Based Services
ODMHSAS employs a team of personnel working full time in DOC facilities providing screening assessment, and care planning services to individuals with mental illness or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Staff use comprehensive discharge management process with the goal of connecting individuals to needed services upon release. This process includes utilizing Motivational Interviewing during care planning sessions, collaborating with DOC mental health, records, and case management personnel as well as state and federal agencies, and utilizing telehealth to connect community based providers to incarcerated individuals for pre-release interviews. For more information please contact Marcus Ayers.
Reentry into the community after incarceration is an important opportunity for preventing individuals from re-initiating the behaviors and relationships that contributed to their incarceration. ODMHSAS is active in equipping the behavioral health provider system to serve those re-entering communities from incarceration.
The ODMHSAS contracts with community-based treatment providers to offer re-entry care navigation to individuals in 41 counties throughout the state. The goal of reentry care navigation is to engage individuals into care that best meets their needs to decrease the likelihood of future re-incarceration. One example of reentry support is the Reentry Intensive Care Coordination Team (RICCT). For more information please contact Marcus Ayers.
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