Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $235,000)
FORSYTH COUNTY CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAM
The Board of Commissioners of Forsyth County, Georgia is making application for FY 2022- Invited to Apply- Byrne Discretionary Community Project Funding/Byrne Discretionary Grants Program.
Forsyth County continues to strengthen partnerships with behavioral health agencies in the State of Georgia and in our community by supporting the development of a recovery-oriented service delivery system. At the county-level, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is working to strengthen the existing infrastructure by connecting people to the appropriate community-based treatment and support services outside the criminal justice system. While diversion may not be appropriate or possible for every person in the criminal justice system who has a behavioral health need, a strategic, systems-wide approach will better define which interventions are best for our community and reduce the likelihood it is using inefficient programs and practices.
Our community needs a range of diversion programs and practices embedded within a comprehensive, coordinated strategy which offers behavioral health diversion interventions at every point in the criminal justice system and fully leverages our community’s resources.
Some of the goals of this project include:
Continue our current Crisis Intervention Team
Continue tracking key measures
Prioritize individuals with moderate or high risk of recidivism and a need for treatment services
This collaboration project has the potential to achieve the greatest impact and reduce the overall number of people who have behavioral health needs in the criminal justice system.