JCOIN Speaker Series | Deflection – Leveraging Police and First Responders to Create New Pathways to Treatment and Recovery

Deflection is an emerging field that aligns public safety and health at the intersection of police, treatment, and community. Deflection programs are helping create opportunities for people who use drugs and/or have mental health issues instead of using the justice system by linking individuals to treatment and services. Deflection programs can build police-community relations by keeping individuals out of the justice system by avoiding arrest and fostering real-time linkages to community-based treatment/services for addiction and/or mental health issues.

In this webinar, presenters discussed the latest research and innovations in this emerging field. Topics covered include the scope and services covered by deflection partnerships, legislative and policy developments that are advancing the field, and new approaches to linkages to mental health services, police training, and police response.


Webinar Materials:


  • Tisha Wiley, Ph.D., Chief of the Services Research Branch, National Institute of Drug Abuse; Director, JCOIN initiative
  • Bruce Taylor, Ph.D., Senior Fellow in Public Health, NORC at the University of Chicago
  • Jon Ross, Ph.D., Director of Research & Evaluation, TASC’s Center for Health and Justice
  • Jessica Reichert, M.S., Manager, Center for Justice Research & Evaluation, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
  • Brandon del Pozo, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher, Miriam Hospital and Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University
  • Amy Watson, Ph.D., Professor of Social Work, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee