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Beaverton Behavioral Health Court

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $500,000)

Beaverton’s Behavioral Health Court program became a priority in 2019 for the City of Beaverton. In early 2020, the Behavioral Health Court program became a reality and remains a high priority for the City of Beaverton.

Guidance and support are needed to develop and implement a program specific to the needs of both program participants and the court, while adhering to best practices and standards-based treatment court model. This proposal requests financial support to bring two Peer Support specialists on board with the BHC program; to cover 25% of the annual cost of the BHC Program Coordinator’s salary and benefits; to support the ongoing training the BHC team members; and to aid with short term housing costs of BHC participants.

The proposed Behavioral Health Court will target defendants with criminal cases in the Beaverton Municipal Court who are the top utilizers of jail and emergency room services living in the Beaverton area. People benefitting from Behavioral Health Court engagement will typically exhibit untreated behavioral health issues, high risk, addiction-based behavior and have multiple needs, such as homelessness, unemployment, behavioral health treatment, behavioral health medications, and substance abuse disorder treatment. The Court’s target population is not likely to engage in treatment services without intense intervention. Following a harm reduction model, the BHC program will focus on meeting clients where they are and wrapping services around them. Medication Assistive Treatment (MAT) will be available to any participant where MAT is clinically indicated. The program aligns with Oregon’s strategic direction to promote effective crisis intervention models and connections through law enforcement.

Use of the different resources that funding from this grant provides, will  facilitate collaboration and enhancing the competency of personnel working with individuals who have MI in the criminal justice system, including training in behavioral health and criminogenic risk and needs, case management, trauma-informed care, crisis response, and integrated treatment and supervision strategies.

Additionally, the Municipal Court will be reaching out to any defendant in the court, exhibiting a need of Behavioral Health assistance. Following the SIM Intercept model, our desire is to assist these individuals before they become a high utilizer of legal, jail or emergency room services.

Date Created: July 26, 2022