RBHA provides a continuum of services to meet the needs of adults experiencing behavioral health issues in the City of Richmond and across the region. We understand that individuals and families may have multiple needs and co-occurring behavioral health challenges that require a comprehensive approach to treatment and support.
RBHA provides a range of services with multiple community partners to address mental health issues and substance use disorders in the criminal justice system – from diverting non-violent offenders from jail to treatment to providing treatment to individuals while incarcerated to supporting re-entry into the community once time is served.
Mental Health Pretrial Docket (General District Court)
The Richmond General District Court Mental Health Docket is a program to divert non-violent, mentally ill offenders from the Richmond City Justice Center. The Docket is a collaborative program with the office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Public Defender, private counsel, Department of Justice Services/Department of Adult Programs, and RBHA all participating and represented.
The mission of the Mental Health Pretrial Docket is to promote public safety, reduce jail crowding, decrease recidivism, and assist the courts in offering rehabilitative opportunities for offenders with a mental illness, by providing comprehensive assessment, supervision, and treatment services.
Referrals can come from multiple sources, including the Region 4 Jail Team, jail staff, judges, police officers, family members, and RBHA case managers. The Commonwealth Attorney makes the ultimate decision to place the consumer on the Mental Health Pretrial Docket.
Behavioral Health Docket (Circuit Court)
Based on the success of the General District Mental Health Docket, the Richmond Circuit Court established a Behavioral Health Docket to address concerns related to offenders with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and/or mental health and co-occurring substance use disorders with non-violent felony charges.
As with the General District Mental Health Docket, the mission of the Behavioral Health Pretrial Docket is to promote public safety, reduce jail crowding, decrease recidivism, and assist the courts in offering rehabilitative opportunities for offenders with mental illness and substance use disorders, by providing comprehensive assessment, supervision, and treatment services.
Substance Use Disorder Alternative Sentencing Program (SUD-ASP)
The SUD-ASP is a collaborative program between RBHA and the Richmond Department of Justice Services (RDJS) to help reduce the census and recidivism rate of persons diagnosed with SUD at the RCJC. Certain detainees at RCJC who have current histories of substance use problems are provided an opportunity for assessment and treatment if they meet diagnostic criteria for a substance use disorder. Access to and participation in this special project is initiated by attorney referral with a court order mandating the defendant and/or their attorney to coordinate an assessment with the RBHA.
Mental Health Jail Pilot Program (MHJPP)
The MHJPP is a collaborative program of RBHA, Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR), and the Richmond Criminal Justice Center (RCJC) that addresses issues that are impeding the success of both male and female RCJC inmates who have mental illness. The program provides enhanced opportunities for inmates to develop skills to be more successfully reoriented into the community and puts into place services to better provide for basic unmet needs - all aimed at decreasing the rate of recidivism of the offender population.
Region 4 Jail Team
The Region 4 Jail Team was established to provide mental health and diversion services to offenders diagnosed with severe mental illness. The Region 4 Jail Team provides services in three jails: Richmond City Justice Center, Riverside Regional Jail in Hopewell, and Southside Regional Jail in Emporia. The Jail Team facilitates collaboration and consultation between individuals with mental illness, mental health treatment providers, courts, attorneys, correctional institutions, community corrections, psychiatric hospitals, CSB/BHA, and other social services to provide mental health services in the jail that would be comparable to services available in the community.