School Based Diversion
WHAT IS SCHOOL-BASED DIVERSION?
School-based diversion (SBD) is a program of the Rock County Human Services Department in collaboration with the Beloit School District and Beloit Police Department providing behavioral health services to youth to divert them from the juvenile justice system. The mission of the program is to reduce juvenile justice involvement of youth with behavioral health needs by diverting them from arrest in schools and creating clear pathways to effective individualized assessments, treatments and supports. The vision of the program is to provide a trauma-informed and culturally sensitive experience for youth and families, providing a consistent response when behavioral issues arise in the school setting and when those behavioral health issues may be a function of an underlying or undertreated behavioral health concern.
WHAT TREATMENT AND SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE?
When a student demonstrates behavior that would typically lead to a non-felony arrest or citation, the School Resource Office (SRO) will suspend the decision to arrest and instead contact the School-Based Diversion Team (SBDT). The school staff, along with the SBDT, will call the student’s parent or guardian to inform them that the youth has an opportunity to be assessed for eligibility for participation in the SBD program. If the parent/guardian consents, the SBDT member will assess the student utilizing one of two validated screening tools: the Pediatric Symptom Checklist or the MAYSI. Based on the recommendations of the SBDT member, the student may be referred for mental health and/or substance abuse treatment and/or diversion services through the Children, Youth and Families Division of Rock County Human Services. A student may be referred back to the SRO for arrest or citation if there is no indicated behavioral health concern. The participating schools are Aldrich, Fruzen, McNeel and Cunningham.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Students attending Aldrich Intermediate School, Fran Fruzen Intermediate School, McNeel Intermediate School and Cunningham Intermediate School are eligible for this service.
HOW DO CLIENTS PAY FOR SERVICES?
There is no fee for participation.
HOW DO I LEARN MORE AND REQUEST SERVICES?
Please contact the Crisis Stabilization Supervisor as indicated below:
Jen Cummings, Crisis Stabilization & Outpatient Supervisor