The Diversion First program offers alternatives to incarceration for people with mental illness and developmental disabilities. Last Thursday, October 20, Fairfax County Police and Sheriff’s personnel, along with other county representatives, visited the Arc of Northern Virginia to speak to parents of juvenile and adult children with developmental disabilities about the program.
Public Safety representatives, FCPD First Lieutenant Ryan Morgan and FCSO First Lieutenant Derrick Ledford shared detailed information about Diversion First, to include early intervention, receiving appropriate assistance and reducing the chances of repeat encounters with the criminal justice system. They also discussed state-certified Crisis Intervention Team training officers are receiving that aims to provide officers with a better understanding of mental health and developmental issues and de-escalating crisis situations through patience and communication, both in the community and the jail.
The presentation was broadcast as a live webinar. If you’re on Facebook, view it on Arc of Northern Virginia’s page: https://www.facebook.com/TheArcofNoVA/photos/a.10150095434920297.388561.74109210296/10157642773455297/?type=3&theater
To learn more about Diversion First and Crisis Intervention Team training: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/diversionfirst/