Lapeer County Community Mental Health works collaboratively with community partners in the criminal justice system to identify individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, co-occurring substance use disorder, and/or Intellectual/developmental disabilities to offer appropriate treatment and support in lieu of incarceration when appropriate.
LCCMH Services are not meant to allow someone to avoid the legal penalties for their personal behaviors, but to offer an alternative to incarceration. The focus of the programs is on personal responsibility with close monitoring.
Anyone can refer an individual for jail diversion or mental health court by calling the Lapeer County Community Mental Health Law Enforcement Liaison at 810-667-0500. Each case is reviewed on an individual basis. The primary difference between Jail Diversion and Mental Health Court is the level of care and support given. See below for more detailed information or check out the court services brochure.
Jail Diversion Services are for individuals with a suspected mental health need as noted above and who are alleged to have committed a misdemeanor or certain felonies and who agree to participate in the diversion process. Diversions can occur at pre-booking or post-booking. Each diversion is different and based on the situation and needs of the person served. Each diversion has a detailed individual agreement that is developed and signed by the individual, law enforcement liaison and the court representative. If more than one appointment is missed, the person returns to court for sentencing on the original charge.
Mental Health Court Services are intensive support services for individuals with an identified mental health need as noted above and who have been charged with a crime of misdemeanor or certain felony and have agreed to participate in the Mental Health Court process as an alternative to incarceration.
Lapeer County Mental Health Court removes defendants from the crowded courtrooms of the traditional criminal justice system and places them in a new type of courtroom environment.