Dr. Brooks presented recommendation G: Crisis Response, Diversion, and Competency: Through the community investment grant, fund communities to develop or expand pre-arrest diversion programs (e.g., STAR, mobile response, co-responder), post arrest diversion through the judicial branch, and intensive community-based services. In addition, allow for judicial districts to apply to add additional competency courts for high-need areas for up to 3 years of funding.
Committee discussion followed about existing state resources and programs related to pre-arrest diversion. Discussion focused on being too prescriptive on how to utilize these grants. The facilitators proceeded with the fist to five for this recommendation. Committee discussion continued about specifics and community grants that are designed to address community needs.