Court Related Mental Health

Behavioral health

Court-related mental health

Court Related Mental Health

Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative

The Fulton County Department of Behavioural Health & Developmental Disabilities (BHDD) continues to play an active role with the Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative. Uninsured individuals with mental health issues are diverted to the Department’s clinics for treatment, in lieu of being placed under arrest.

Members of the initiative partner with the Atlanta Police Department to divert people subject to arrest in the neighbourhoods of Downtown, Midtown, and Old Fourth Ward. Their priority participants are:

  • Impacted by racial disparities in arrests
  • Multiple contacts with criminal legal system
  • Excluded from other services
  • Unmet mental health needs
  • Substance use and abuse
  • Extreme poverty

The Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative provides case management, linkage to care, and participant advocacy. The organization also works to strengthen social services in the Metro Atlanta region by building capacity for evidence-based care. For more information about the Pre - Arrest Diversion program, visit: Pre-Arrest Diversion

court Related mental health


How do I enroll in the Fulton County DUI Treatment Court Program?

The Fulton County DUI Treatment Court Program is a post-conviction treatment program for those who have multiple violations of driving under the influence or alcohol or other intoxicants. It is part of the probation portion of a DUI sentence.

How do I enroll in the Misdemeanor Mental Health Program

Participants are identified at the jail and through court referral to be routed to the Misdemeanor Mental Health Court jail calendar. The jail calendar promotes connection with services and preparation for release under appropriate conditions to protect both the participant and public safety.