The Office of Diversion and Reentry (ODR) was created in September 2015 by the Board of Supervisors. Its mission is to develop and implement county-wide criminal justice diversion for persons with mental and/or substance use disorders, to provide reentry support services based on individual’s needs, and to reduce youth involvement with the justice system. ODR collaborates with community based agencies to leverage resources, improve systems and to ultimately enhance the health and social outcomes of justice-involved populations.
ODR’s jail and community based diversion programs serve to reduce the number of inmates in the LA County jail who suffer from mental and/or substance use disorders by removing them from the jail through various court interventions or through pre-arrest or pre-booking diversion and providing them with care and housing.
The mission of the Office of Diversion and Reentry’s Reentry Division is to develop and implement programming for justice-involved individuals to improve health outcomes, increase self-sufficiency, and reduce recidivism. ODR partners with community-based and County agencies to provide services that are evidence and data driven, and based on the needs of the client. ODR also supports community-based organizations to build their capacity to provide the most effective services; and collaborates with County agencies to leverage resources to improve the systems serving the justice-involved population.
In November 2017, the division of Youth Diversion and Development (YDD) was established within the Office of Diversion and Reentry. This division is focused on advancing youth development infrastructure in Los Angeles County and implementing an evidence-informed model of pre-booking youth diversion that empowers community-based organizations as the providers of individualized care coordination in lieu of arrest with the goal of equitably reducing young people's involvement with the justice system.