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Oklahoma County Misdemeanor Diversion Expansion

Award Information

Award #
Funding Category
Competitive Discretionary
Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $1,600,000)

The Misdemeanor Diversion Expansion is a community-based diversion
from prosecution program that expedites the delivery of substance use and co-occurring disorder
(SUD/COD) treatment at SAMHSA Sequential Intercept 3: Jails/Courts. Grant funds will be
used to hire key personnel to increase the participant capacity of MDP and enable long-term
developmental planning of diversion programs in Oklahoma County. The Oklahoma County
Criminal Justice Advisory Council (CJAC) provides residents of Oklahoma County with
effective, efficient criminal justice reform. There are two intended subrecipients of grant funds
for the proposed project: the Diversion Hub and Catalyst Behavioral Services. Beneficiaries of
services provided through the Misdemeanor Diversion Expansion are individuals with active
misdemeanor cases in the Oklahoma County District Court who are at high risk for a substance
use or co-occurring disorder. The project aims to reduce justice involvement and correlated
overdose risk for this population through the delivery of social and treatment services and the
development of data-driven responses to gaps in services. Primary activities include case
management to increase the capacity of misdemeanor diversion; case management to identify
candidates for diversion and support MDP graduates; treatment case management that enables
the on-site provision of Medication Assisted Treatment; Peer Recovery Support that outreaches
to individuals struggling with treatment engagement; data collection and analysis that identifies
critical relationships between risk factors, program outcomes, and gaps in services; and
development management to apply data to improve program structure and create infrastructure
for future diversion programs. 450 cases will be diverted from traditional prosecution and
managed by an MDP case manager. 450 cases will be screened for MDP qualifications and
assisted after MDP graduation. 350 cases will be provided with on-site SUD/COD treatment
services. 200 cases will be provided with Peer Recovery Support. Copies of data analysis and
developmental reports will be supplied to the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The requested
$1,600,000 will be budgeted between the following allowable uses of Category 1 funds: Realtime
data collection (15%), Pre-booking or post-booking treatment alternative-to-incarceration
programs (60%), and Embedding social workers, peers, and/or persons with lived experience at
any intercept of the Sequential Intercept Model (25%).

Date Created: September 25, 2023