Law Enforcement-Led Diversion—Mental Health and Opioid Outreach Innovations

The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate the significant impact first responder-led diversion can have in connecting overdose survivors and those with mental health disorders to treatment. Retired Deputy Chief Mitch Cunningham from the Wilmington, North Carolina, Police Department and Sheriff Daron Hall from the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office in Nashville, Tennessee, highlight the need for diversion and cite examples of the successful programs they have implemented.


  • Mitch Cunningham, National Sheriffs’ Association Consultant, Deputy Chief (retired) Wilmington, North Carolina, Police Department
  • Sheriff Daron Hall, Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, Nashville, Tennessee

To view a PDF version of the slide deck that was used during this presentation, click here.

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