A key millage goal is connecting individuals in need to the right resources at the right time.

Diversion efforts consist of moving people with behavioral health needs away from places like jail, detention centers, emergency rooms, and shelters—so that they can be better connected to community-based care and stay within their own homes and communities whenever possible.


In 2019, Washtenaw County leaders—including Washtenaw County Community Mental Health and the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office—attended a training held by the national Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion and Deflection (LEADD) training institute in Seattle, WA. In 2020, these leaders began to plan a diversion program that gives frontline law enforcement a path for sending low-level, low-risk offenders with mental illness to treatment, rather than jail.

Crisis Negotiation Team

Washtenaw County’s Crisis Negotiation Team consists of 20 representatives from the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, WCCMH, and local city and campus police departments. These individuals are trained in safe surrenders, hostage rescue operations, suicide prevention, intervention skills, and responding safely to dangerous or barricaded subjects. In 2020, the team put their skills to work in 32 different situations, including three full callouts that involved the deployment of the SWAT team.