The Johnson County Jail Alternatives Program mission is to provide an opportunity for treatment services to individuals with mental health and co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders who have come into contact with the criminal justice system. The program works to connect individuals to the appropriate level of community-based treatment for their mental health and co-occurring needs in hopes of improving their overall quality of life and reducing their involvement in the criminal justice system.

Goals

  • Identify individuals with mental health and co-occurring disorders through referrals and screenings.
  • Connect individuals to community-based agencies and services.
  • Provide short-term, intensive case monitoring.
  • Provide crisis support and interventions as needed.
  • Reduce the number of incarcerated persons with mental health and co-occurring disorders in the Johnson County Jail.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years or older.
  • Voluntary agreement to participate in the program.
  • Mental health disorder, co-occurring disorder, and/or brain injury.
  • Other diagnoses can be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Legal Eligibility: Based on collaboration between the County Attorney, defense attorney, Jail Alternatives staff, probation/parole officer and the judge.

Potential Community Services Connections

  • Mental health services
  • Substance abuse services
  • Medication assistance
  • Crisis intervention
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • MHDS case management
  • Integrated health home
  • Residential care facilities
  • Supportive community living services
  • Transitional housing

General Jail Diversion Information

GAINS Sequential Intercept 
The Next Generation Monograph

For more information please contact:

Elley Gould, Jail Alternatives Administrator 
855 S Dubuque St Ste 202B 
Iowa City, IA 52240 

Email: [email protected] 
Phone: 319-688-5819 
Fax: 319-339-6161