STEER Deflection Model: Pre-booking Diversion Option for Law Enforcement

Developed as an alternative to arresting certain individuals whose behavior was linked to their substance use disorders, Stop, Triage, Engage, Educate and Rehabilitate (STEER) is a pre-booking law enforcement and drug treatment linkage program in Montgomery County, Maryland. The model was co-designed by the Montgomery County Police Department, Maryland Treatment Centers, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence at George Mason University, and the Center for Health and Justice at TASC. The model focuses on people with substance use disorders who have a high likelihood of repeated contact with police due to their untreated addictions and other effects statistically related to criminal activity.

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