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Jail Diversion and Re-entry Services

The Jail Diversion and Re-Entry Program serves individuals who interface with the criminal justice system due to serious mental illness and substance use. The program provides case management, treatment planning, and evidence-based group programming at the detention facility. Case managers provide information to the courts and serve as resources to law enforcement. The program seeks to increase engagement with community-based services and reduce the likelihood of re-arrest.

Jail Diversion Eligibility

Anyone housed at the Buncombe County Detention Facility is eligible to participate in jail-based programming and re-entry planning. Individuals with primary substance use issues or severe mental illness may be eligible for diversion to community-based treatment.

Referral Process

Anyone can refer someone in custody for Jail Diversion and Re-entry Services. This includes self-referrals, jail staff, attorneys, providers, judges, and family members.

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Jail Diversion Specific Programs

Justice United in Support of Treatment (JUST)

The JUST Program, a partnership with Buncombe County Detention Facility (BCDF) and Buncombe County Pretrial Services is a post-booking jail diversion program that serves individuals with serious and persistent mental health disorders (SPMI) whose untreated or under-treated mental health has led to involvement with the criminal justice system.

The purpose of jail diversion services are:

  • To prevent unnecessary incarceration of individuals with mental health disorders and co-occurring disorders,
  • To reduce jail time (length of stay) for people with mental illness who may be better served in the community with therapeutic supports,
  • To link individuals to appropriate mental health and community based services upon release from jail.

Familiar Faces / FUSE (Frequent User of Services Engagement)

The Familiar Faces team supports the needs of some of our community’s most vulnerable members. The team consists of representatives from community agencies, housing supports, health services, and criminal justice partners. There is a formal monthly meeting coordinated by RHA Health Services, to discuss the needs of individuals with multiple bookings into the Detention Facility and to facilitate planning and communication among community partners who support these individuals.

The Familiar Faces team strives to increase access and linkage to services, support community integration and stabilization, and reduce interactions with law enforcement.

Locate & Contact

Jail Diversion and Re-entry Services



Jail Diversion and Re-entry Services
60 Davidson Drive
Asheville, NC 28801
Main P. (828) 250-4587

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Ron Harrison
Jail Diversion Team Lead

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.