Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery
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5/31/2016 10:23:25 PM

Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Initiative for Veterans


The vision of the Texas Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Initiative for Veterans is to establish community based practices for diverting veterans with trauma related mental health needs from incarceration to treatment.

Pilot Program

The Bexar County (San Antonio area) pilot program uses pre-diversion through law enforcement to the sobering unit at the county restoration center and diversion through the Veteran treatment court. Military culture and trauma modules have been incorporated into the crisis intervention team training for law enforcement officers. "Seeking Safety" is offered as the trauma-specific service. A female trauma therapist is available to work with female veterans. At the pilot site, trauma-informed care trainings have been delivered to 1,815 people, including behavioral health and justice system practitioners.

This program has also worked with a Governor’s initiative that supported a range of coordination, clinical training, and peer-to-peer programming focused on veterans and military families through the local mental health authorities, including the development of veteran treatment courts. Additionally, statewide training in trauma informed care is being explored, as well as the leveraging of the MHMR contracting process by modifying the requirements around jail diversion to include activities related to veterans and trauma.

Annual Conference

Texas has convened two annual summits on justice-involved veterans, with a third annual conference to be held February 2-3, 2012 at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio. Learn more about the conference »


Sam Shore of the Texas Department of State Health Services provides the leadership for the initiative. The State Advisory Committee includes representatives from Veterans Integrated Service Network 17, U.S. Vets, the Texas Council of Community MHMR Centers, National Alliance on Mental Illness – Texas, and the Texas Correctional Office on Offenders with Medical and Mental Impairments, and others.

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