Simulation Modeling Approach for Planning and Costing Jail Diversion

Date: 8/2016

Author(s): David Hughes

This presentation provides an overview of HSRI's cost simulation model that helps counties assess the feasibility of a jail diversion program in their communities. The model projects the utilization, consumer outcomes, costs, and potential cost savings of jail diversion programs for justice-involved individuals with a mental illness and oftentimes a co-occurring substance use disorder. It can be used to explore the impact of various scenarios and service packages before counties decide to adopt or implement.

The presentation also describes the findings of a beta test of the model, run in Travis County, Texas.

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