Jail Diversion Services

UNM Health System proudly serves Albuquerque and New Mexico communities with a Jail Diversion program. The program helps divert individuals from the criminal justice system to more appropriate mental health services.

These services and referrals may include:

  • Psychiatric treatment
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Medical care
  • Education and work resources
  • Community, state and federal resources as appropriate

Supportive and Understanding Mental Health Care

Our Jail Diversion Community Support Workers seek to engage individuals with mental health and/or substance use problems through myriad recovery strategies, including:

  • Coping with mental or emotional difficulties
  • Accessing and maintaining social services and health care
  • Developing independent living skills and social support systems

Your patients or clients can receive help in their recovery and with pursuit of their personal, social, educational and vocational goals. We work to finish legal supervisions and help patients transition to a successful life. 

Connect with Us

We’re here to serve you and your client. Call us at 505-925-4353 to learn more.

Who is Eligible for Jail Diversion Services?

We coordinate with the criminal justice system, including pre-trial services, mental health courts, state probation and parole. Our Jail Diversion Services assist patients who are navigating the criminal justice system.

We also work with law enforcement agencies, criminal justice professionals, health care professionals, patients and families to promote forensic education.


Individuals living with severe mental illness who are also justice involved can call for more information on the referral process.