The TAPA Center for Jail Diversion was funded by the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) of the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to address the technical assistance and policy development needs of mental health and other stakeholders in developing programs to divert people with mental illnesses from jail into community-based treatment. A branch of the National GAINS Center, the TAPA Center for Jail Diversion serves as a central source for information, research, policy analysis, and technical assistance on jail diversion for people with mental illnesses. The TAPA Center works closely with CMHS-funded jail diversion programs to develop their interventions and evaluations and translates learnings from this and other SAMHSA initiatives into practical tools to guide communities around the country in developing jail diversion programs. Collaborators of the TAPA Center include the Center for Behavioral Health, Justice & Public Policy; Council of State Governments; Human Services Research Institute; National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors; National Mental Health Association; Police Executive Research Forum; and National Pretrial Services Resource Center. See also the description of the GAINS Center.
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