Courtney Woodard, Program Coordinator
In collaboration with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; Office of the District Attorney, Office of the Public Defender, and Sheriff for Oklahoma County; Department of Human Services, Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth, and representatives from community based treatment and program providers, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections received a $350,000 diversion grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance targeting female offenders with multiple needs and varying degrees of involvement in the criminal justice system.
The Female Offender Diversion Program is currently only provided in Oklahoma and Tulsa Counties. Offenders may be assigned to a caseload supervised by probation and parole officers and include: (1) those who are moderate to high risk and given a term of probation in lieu of incarceration; (2) those who have been noncompliant with their terms of community supervision but do not pose a threat to the community; and (3) those who have been court-ordered to the Female Diversion Program either as a delayed sentence or sentenced to participate in the program as part of their probation requirements. The Female Offender Diversion Program provides funding for substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, and co-occurring disorders.