Pretrial Services Navigator Program
The objective of the newly-formed Pretrial Services Navigator Program is to reduce the harm imparted on defendants with behavioral health disorders due to pretrial jail confinement and repeated entanglement with the criminal justice system. The program has sought and obtained the cooperation of the District Attorney's Office, the Public Defender's Office and the 18th Judicial District to set a personal recognizance bond for eligible and enrolled clients of this Program.
We are seeking clients who have, or likely have, a serious mental illness and/or substance abuse disorder. Current crimes of violence are excluded.
The clients will be released from jail on a PR bond and placed into the supervision of a Pretrial Navigator. The Navigator will assess the client's treatment and material needs and work to meet those needs with the goal of reducing the client's likelihood of returning to jail.
The Navigator will help the client understand the criminal justice process and the public benefits system of the state and county. In so doing, the Navigator will actively assist clients in securing and attending necessary appointments to obtain the treatment and services they need to thrive as productive citizens, such as:
- Medicaid enrollment
- Post-release housing, including housing vouchers
- Transportation assistance, including transportation vouchers
- Application fees for identification and other employment-related documents
- Nutritional assistance
- Job training and education assistance
- Work and or interview clothing
For those clients exhibiting a positive record of compliance with program conditions during the pretrial phase, and if conviction is likely, the District Attorney and Court have agreed to impose a non-custodial sentence, such as probation, alternative sentencing or community corrections so that the treatment rehabilitation and benefits secured will not be lost due to a jail or prison sentence.
For more information, please contact Wendy Wells, 720-874-3366 or by email.