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Deflection and Pre-arrest Diversion Tools and Resources (National Council on Mental Wellbeing)

People involved with the criminal justice system – especially those with substance use disorders (SUDs) – encounter barriers to and delays in receiving evidence-based treatment; increased risks of overdose and death, especially immediately after release from incarceration; and barriers to employment, housing and financial stability that create significant hurdles to achieving and sustaining recovery.

The National Council for Mental Wellbeing, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), developed a package of resources to support the adoption and implementation of DPAD programs to better support people at risk of opioid overdose. These resources were informed by real-world experiences shared through a series of key informant interviews and an Experts’ Roundtable with diverse stakeholders implementing DPAD programs across the country.


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