Criminal Justice

The millage supports criminal justice reform. This work includes helping people in our jails prepare for successful community reentry and diverting people with behavioral health issues and low-level, low-risk criminal activities away from the justice system and into evidence-based community services.

Thanks to the millage, public safety and mental health entities now work together to support people with behavioral health conditions. All of our staff really care. They’re doing it because they love helping people. And they’re looking out for the best interests of their clients.”

Willie Sturdivant, Jr., LEADD case manager

Ypsilanti Township criminal justice diversion. 

Washtenaw County’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion and Deflection (LEADD) pilot provides officers with alternatives to citation, arrest, and incarceration for low-level, low-risk offenders with behavioral health disorders.

Ypsilanti Township residents who participate in the evidence-based pilot are connected to case managers who help them overcome the social and behavioral health challenges that lead to and exacerbate their criminal justice involvement.

In 2022, 26 deputies and five sergeants were trained in the model and 21 Ypsilanti Township residents were referred to the program, which is a collaboration between the sheriff's office, the prosecutor's office, the public defender's office, and Washtenaw County Community Mental Health.

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30+ deputies trained in LEADD diversion and deflection techniques

21 Ypsilanti Township residents referred for diversion and deflection

Meet Willie Sturdivant, Jr., a case manager for the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion and Deflection pilot.

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Successful reentry to the community.

In 2019, Washtenaw County received $2 million dollars to bolster its reentry support services—services that help people in the jails prepare to return to the community.

With a $1 million dollar grant from the federal Bureau of Justice Assistance and a $1 million matching grant from the millage, the county’s reentry team has accomplished a lot.

Two case managers, two peer support specialists, and one reentry coordinator provide services to hundreds of jail residents.

They help residents access behavioral health medications, mental health providers, substance use treatment programs, and other services required to succeed in the community after release.

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600+ services to help jail residents reenter the community.

Up to 12 months of follow up services once individuals leave the jail.

How millage funds help residents of the jail navigate community reentry

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Crisis negotiations staffed by mental health experts.

Washtenaw County’s Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) strives to peacefully address threats and crisis situations in a trauma-informed manner, with no injury or loss of life.

Before the millage, Washtenaw County's CNT did not have any specialized mental health professionals. Now, five WCCMH staff members serve on Washtenaw County’s Crisis Negotiation Team.

The collaborative team receives intensive training to know how to respond to situations through engagement, de-escalation, dialogue, and negotiation strategies.

Two people from Washtenaw county's Crisis Negotiation Team

100+ hours spent training the crisis negotiations team in 2022.

19 crisis response interventions across the county.

Millage funding, partnerships are reforming our response to public safety

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Social worker and police collaboration.

In June 2022, a new pilot launched in Ypsilanti Township. Its goal? To improve Washtenaw's police response when an individual needs mental health support.

In the pilot, a Washtenaw County Community Mental Health social worker and a Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office deputy ride together in one car. This enables a co-response model, ensuring  they arrive at the scene at the same time, rather than one arriving and then waiting for the other to arrive. Sometimes, this wait can be up to 30 minutes, which means the person in crisis is not receiving the support they need.

The co-response pilot allows Washtenaw County Community Mental Health to connect with people who might need mental health services but would never reach out for them directly.

Two people from Washtenaw county's Crisis Negotiation Team

175+ Ypsilanti Township 911 calls were assigned to the co-response team.

1,100+ engagements such as suicide, overdose, welfare check, and others.

Co-response unit is improving police and social worker collaboration

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To access millage-funded services,
call 1-734-544-3050