Deflection Summit Finds Police Want Treatment for Offenders, but Funding Barriers Exist

ALCOHOL & DRUG ABUSE WEEKLY (03/13) – Last month, the first-ever national deflection summit was held in Alexandria, Virginia, where experts from criminal justice, behavioral health and public policy convened to come up with strategies aimed at diverting, or deflecting, low-level drug offenders away from the justice system into treatment, before arrest. Also called prebooking diversion, deflection can help get people into treatment instead of incarceration. Read more

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