PRO-ACT Video Series: Peer Support Programs in Southeast Pennsylvania

How Can We Help?
Part I: Police-Assisted Diversion
Collaborating on Alternatives to Incarceration

Diversion programs offer a mechanism for law enforcement officers and criminal justice officials to redirect a person involved in the criminal justice system who is experiencing a health crisis to the health and social services that he or she needs. As pointed out in this segment, “sometimes this is the key to reducing involvement in the criminal justice system.”

This segment describes the Police-Assisted Diversion (PAD) program, which integrates PRO-ACT CRSs in its work.

"People who are really willing and really positive about talking about recovery and everything it does—along with the challenges and the joys and the victories—that’s really important with our peer support staff and especially in the criminal justice system."

—Heidi Gordon, M.S., CADC; Director of Intervention Services, The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania

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