Adult Criminal Justice & Diversion

Program Description

Adult criminal justice systems interact with persons with mental health and rehabilitation needs in increasing numbers and across various settings including arrest, pretrial detention, forensic court clinics, probation, and corrections. The various agencies (police, courts, probation, parole, and corrections) can benefit from relevant research regarding adoption of best practices for crisis intervention, risk management and rehabilitation and recovery.

Our work focuses on improving the identification of and response to persons in mental health crisis at various stages of justice systems involvement. We help police, court and corrections systems adopt best practices for intervention and risk management to address mental and behavioral health needs and to decrease the likelihood of reoffending.

We are interested in:

  • Crisis intervention and risk management training for police
  • Diversion of persons with mental illness from the justice system into appropriate systems of care
  • Integrating mental health and substance abuse treatment into probation and parole
  • Identification and crisis management of persons at risk for suicidal behavior in custodial settings
  • Assessment of forensic issues and national policy to assist judicial decisions, such as appropriate diversion of persons with mental illness
  • Risk identification and stress management for police officers, corrections personnel, and court personnel at risk for substance abuse and suicidal ideation and behavior 
fisher_research_thumb William H. Fisher, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry
Albert J Grudzinskas ImageAlbert J. Grudzinskas Jr., JD.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Ira K. PackerIra K. Packer, Ph.D.
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Albert J Grudzinskas ImageEkaterina Pivovarova, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Stephanie Hartwell, Ph.D.
Adjunct Research Associate Professor of Psychiatry


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