Multnomah County leaders travel to Texas to learn about diversion program

The Oregonian, July 29, 2014

A group of public safety leaders from Multnomah County, including the chief criminal judge, Portland police chief and corrections supervisors, are heading to Bexar County, Texas, on Wednesday for an overnight trip to learn about a program that diverts people with mental illness from the county lockup.

Bexar County officials in San Antonio, Texas, boast that their program, begun in 2002, keeps more than 1,100 people with mental illnesses out of jail a month and instead refers them to treatment.

They created a Crisis Care Center, a Restoration Center that offers sobering, detox and substance abuse programs and an outdoor shelter for homeless people struggling with mental health, drug and/or alcohol addictions. …Continue reading at