Rediversion in two postbooking jail diversion programs in Florida

Psychiatr Serv. 2005 Jul;56(7):835-9. doi: 10.1176/


Objective: Patterns of rediversion in two postbooking jail diversion programs in Florida were examined to better understand the extent to which diversion programs served repeating clients. Rediversion occurs when a former or current diversion program participant is booked into jail on a new charge and diverted once again through the same diversion program.

Methods: Data from 18 months of consecutive entries into the Hillsborough County jail diversion program (N = 336) and Broward County mental health court (N = 800) were examined.

Results: Similar rediversion patterns were observed for the two diversion programs. About one-fifth of those who were diverted during the 18-month study period were rediverted at least once. Nearly half of those who experienced rediversion did so within 90 days of their initial diversion. Although fewer than 6 percent were rediverted two or more times, these individuals accounted for a disproportionately large number of overall diversions and were rediverted more quickly than those with only one rediversion.

Conclusions: The diversion programs examined here appear to be experiencing a level of repeating clients similar to that observed in other pathways for accessing mental health treatment.

MeSH terms

  • Crime / psychology
  • Crime / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Florida
  • Forensic Psychiatry / statistics & numerical data*
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Mental Disorders / psychology
  • Mental Health Services / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Mental Health Services / organization & administration
  • Mental Health Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Prisoners / psychology*
  • Prisoners / statistics & numerical data*
  • Prisons*
  • Program Development*
  • Program Evaluation