Mental Health Diversion

The Options Outpatient Diversion Program (OODP) provides a solution for individuals facing both mental health issues and criminal charges.  By providing documented and dependable monitoring of structured treatment plans, including psychoeducation, medication management, case management, and individual and/or group therapy, the Options Outpatient Diversion Program takes on the administrative responsibility while collaborating with the client’s counsel to provide the most comprehensive defense and support the client needs.  Treatment plans recommended by the client’s care provider and/or forensic examiner are thoroughly documented and provided by the OODP agent assigned to the client.

Eligibility Requirements (pursuant to PC 1001.36(b):

Criterion 1:  Does the client meet diagnostic criteria for a mental health disorder diagnosed in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)? (excludes Antisocial Personality Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, or Pedophilic Disorder) Criterion 2:  Did the defendant’s mental disorder play a significant role in the commission of the charged offense? Criterion 3:  Would the defendant’s symptoms motivating the criminal behavior respond to mental health treatment? Criterion 4:  The defendant consents to treatment and waives his or her right to a speedy trial. Criterion 5:  The defendant agrees to comply with treatment as a condition of diversion and that the recommended inpatient or outpatient program of mental health treatment will meet the specialized mental health treatment needs of the defendant. Criterion 6:  The defendant will not pose an unreasonable risk of danger to public safety if treated in the community. If all requirements are met the individual must undergo a psychological evaluation by a clinical Psychologist. Once completed the Psychologist will determine an appropriate treatment plan which will be administered by The Options Outpatient Diversion Program.  If the individual has insurance and is able to use their insurance we highly recommend doing so. We are still able to administer the treatment plan set out by the Psychologist. Most plans are between 6 months to 2 years and have varying levels of monitoring and reporting.