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1 Lee County Triage Center and Low Demand Shelter Ann Arnall, Deputy Director Lee County Human Services

2 Opened April 28, 2008

3 Pre-Arrest Diversion Program  Voluntary alternative to incarceration and inappropriate emergency room utilization  Targets low level offenses (trespass, open container, disturbing the peace)  Primarily for individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis who are homeless, indigent, and/or intoxicated  Complements Crisis Intervention Training

4 Program Design  Modeled after 24/7 no refusal drop off for law enforcement (Memphis model of CIT)  Current model allows 8 hours of intake  Strong community collaborative based on assets of partners  Utilized existing capital infrastructure – vacant former children’s CSU  Capacity 22 individuals at any given time

5 Program Design  Offers in-depth nursing and psycho-social assessments  Person must be able to safely stay at center  Following satisfactory nursing assessment person enters the low demand shelter component  Average length of stay at shelter is 12 days  Staff work to link individuals with appropriate community treatment and services

6 The shelter provides an alternative for police officers and emergency rooms for petty offenders or intoxicated patients who may not need jail or serious medical care. (John David Emmett/news-press.com)

7 Key Stakeholders  Lee County BOCC – administers grant and funds (2) intake clinicians  Salvation Army – operates low demand shelter  Lee Memorial Health System – provides nursing staff and nursing supplies  Lee Mental Health Center – provides facility, maintenance and intake clinician  Southwest Florida Addiction Services – provides intake clinician  United Way – provides match funds for food

8 Triage Center/Low Demand 2008/2009 Admissions 63 % LEO 33.5% Hospital 3.5% Other

9 Repeat Admissions 325 unduplicated clients 492 duplicated clients

10 Who does Triage Center Serve?  79% male population (County jail is 86% male)  78% white; 82% non-Hispanic  78% between ages of  15% Veterans  78% are homeless, of which  7% chronic (> 4 times)

11 Who does Triage Center Serve? Based on self disclosure during assessment 34% report taking medications which includes but is not limited to psychotropic drugs

12 Who does Triage Center Serve?  70% have prior arrest history in Lee County 70% misdemeanor 30% felony  Most common prior charges are: Trespass DUI Theft Battery

13 Impact on Criminal Justice System

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16 36% of time LEO would have taken to jail  Diverted 115 charges  25% reduction in arrests for low level offenses since opening  6% of people would have been charged with more than one crime If LEO had taken to jail, most common charges would be:  Trespass 38%  Loitering 28%  Open Container 11% Diverted 30 Marchman/Protective Custody

17 Impact on the Community  7.5% of time LEO would have taken to hospital Reduces impact of inappropriate utilization of emergency rooms  48% of time LEO would have taken nowhere Provides access to assessment, shelter, resources and treatment for people who would have otherwise been left on the streets  51% successfully linked with resources  43% were placed in housing/residential treatment program

18 Saves Law Enforcement Time  84% of time officers spend ≤ 5 minutes  10% of time officers spend ≤ 10 minutes  95% of officers are satisfied to highly satisfied with process  156 officers brought 309 people  34% of time individuals are brought by a CIT trained officer

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20 Funding Sources  CJMHSA Grant $997,698 (3 year period)  Local Match $2 million (3 year period)  Match includes Lee County general funds, Lee Memorial Health System, Lee Mental Health Center, Inc., Salvation Army, Southwest Florida Addiction Services, and United Way of Lee County  Estimated cost per client $2,145 (includes value of some treatment services)

21 Questions  For additional information please contact Ann Arnall, Lee County Human Services 2440 Thompson Street Fort Myers, Florida


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