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DC Pre-Arrest Diversion Pilot Program

In April 2018, The District of Columbia launched an adult pre-arrest diversion pilot program to provide individuals facing mental illness and/or substance use disorders who may otherwise be arrested with the opportunity to receive supportive services when they come into contact with MPD and the criminal justice system because of minor criminal offenses. By providing a diversion program focused on providing individuals with needed services as an alternative to criminal charges, these agencies can help to break the cycle of arrest, incarceration, release, and re-arrest.

This pilot is a collaboration between the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and Department of Human Services (DHS).