Pretrial Diversion Programs and Services.

The San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project provides the following programs and services:

Assertive Case Management (ACM)

ACM Case Managers work with clients to establish needs-assessment criteria, short- and long-term goals, and a corresponding treatment plan to ensure clients receive the help they need while also abiding court obligations. In addition, Assertive Case Managers connect clients with short-term housing, outside treatment, and service providers that continue to work with clients long after the conclusion of their cases.

Pretrial Diversion (PTD)

PTD has existed since our agency's inception in 1976, and represents the foundation for the alternative-driven programs that have since emerged. Through PTD, first time misdemeanor arrestees can have their case dismissed upon the successful completion of a court-mandated program. Overseen and supported by PTD Case Managers, treatment plans can incorporate outpatient treatment, group facilitation, community service, restitution, job training, and educational classes.


OR staff compile, interpret, and disseminate resources to inform pretrial release decisions 365 days a year. These resources include incident reports, annotated criminal histories, risk analysis, and summary of criminal history findings. When judicial officers rule in favor of pretrial release, OR staff work with defendants to communicate release conditions and future court obligations. As clients progress through their respective cases, OR staff maintain contact to provide supervision and support.

Group Facilitation

Group Facilitation provides immediate treatment for individuals referred by the San Francisco Courts. Clients that take part Group Facilitation can participate in a range of supportive workshops while awaiting placement into residential or outpatient treatment programs. SFPDP's groups include Anger Management, Harm Reduction, Dual Diagnosis, Thinking for a Change, Latino Group, and Substance Abuse Group.

Street Environmental Services Program (SESP)

Through SESP, participants can work off fines and court obligations through visible community improvement projects. Using equipment and supplies provided by the Department of Public Works, the SESP crew contributes to community renovation through removing graffiti and resurfacing community infrastructure

Neighborhood Court (NCT)

The NCT program incorporates a restorative justice model to facilitate reconciliation between defendants and their communities. The program gives community members the opportunity to resolve non-violent crimes as volunteer adjudicators, who dialogue with defendants in a neighborhood court setting. As defendants and adjudicators work towards a mutual understanding, adjudicators determine an individualzed plan for the defendant to follow, which could include some combination of community service, substance abuse treatment, mental health referrals, restitution, support group attendance, and reflective essays.

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