Business Cases

Business cases were developed to lay out plans for the Justice and Mental Health Task Force top priorities and are summarized below. Detailed information on the business cases can be found on the resources link.  

Jail Screening and Reentry Unit

  • Establish a Screening and Reentry Unit within the jail
  • Screen 100% of eligible bookings for mental illness
  • Begin reentry at booking for identified individuals
  • Administer psychotropic medication within 48 hours

Data

  • Create a shared client data repository connecting criminal justice and behavioral health entities
  • Identify "shared clients" 
  • Facilitate connections with community treatment providers
  • Monitor and analyze system performance

Training

  • Hire coordinator to ensure training goals are met, coordinate training schedules, and deliver Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety training
  • Increase the number of trained officers responding to 911 calls
  • Ensure 100% of new hires receive Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety and Trauma-Informed Responses training within 6 months of hire
  • Ensure 50% of law enforcement and jail officers and 100% of 911 operators/dispatchers have CIT training within 4 years

Diversion

  • Open the Community Center for Diversion and Recovery to serve as a drop-off point for law enforcement and provide mental health treatment services using the existing Atlanta/Fulton County Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative protocols
  • Continue funding the Misdemeanor Mental Health Court, which provides treatment and supervision for people charged with eligible misdemeanor crimes
  • Divert eligible individuals post-arrest whose crimes are related to their mental illness to treatment and court supervision