In Indiana, the volume of competency orders increased by more than 200% in just five years, impacting hundreds of people lingering in county jails. With a cross-collaborative agency approach, Indiana reduced average wait time from 124 days to 21.7 days in a year. This presentation will review the innovative pathways and unique collaborations undertaken to meet the demand for competency evaluation and restoration services, as well as new methods that promote safety while engaging the individual in treatment.
- Describe the impact of competency trends on criminal justice and mental health systems
- Identify new intervention methods to promote treatment while addressing incompetence and restorability
- List ways to improve competency programs and guide courts toward diversion