Mental Health Alternatives Program (MAP)

These cycles of repeat offenses are also costly to society – socailly and financially. MAP defendants have typically been “high-utilizers” of first responders, ER services, criminal justice and other high-intensity, costly services. Our community benefits when MAP defendants achieve greater stability, wellness, engagement, and are better-positioned for future success.

Bridgeways’ MAP Liaison collaborates with MAP defendants to create goal plans related to mental health and substance use treatment, partnering with them through the program’s three phases toward graduation:

Phase I – Stability

Interventions can include helping defendants engage with a housing navigator, clinicians for mental health, and/or substance use disorders. Defendants must attend peer support group activities and meet all mandates required by, or sanctions imposed by the MAP court including contacting the MAP Liaison weekly, and attending court as scheduled.

Phase II Community Responsibility

Interventions and engagement may include exploring jobs, volunteer opportunities, continuing education, vocational training, certifications, achieving their GED, etc.

Phase III – Sustainability

Maintaining treatment, compliance, and ensuring phase two engagement “sticks.”

Upon successful completion of each phase, a defendant can be recommended for graduation. Charges related to entry to MAP are then dismissed without prejudice (cannot be charged for same offenses later).

Our MAP Liaison is a highly specialized and impactful part of the MAP Court team, serving as the conduit of information and support between the defendant, their treatment providers, and the court.

Who is Eligible

Adults arrested for a misdemeanor offense, within the cities of Everett, Marysville, Lake Stevens, and Arlington, and where conduct has been linked to mental illness, may be referred to MAP. A mental health diagnosis is not required, but a mental health concern must be present.

Referral process

Everett MAP

Referrals to the Everett MAP court come primarily from defense attorneys. However, a referral can be made by any of the following: jail, defense attorney, prosecutor, mental health provider, law enforcement, medical provider or family member.

The defense and prosecuting attorneys must agree to bring the referral to the MAP judge. A referral must be received and accepted by the MAP judge before sentencing for the most recent offense.

Marysville MAP

The Marysville MAP court judge, prosecutor, or defense attorney identify defendants in court that may be a good fit and place their next court appearance (pre-trial) onto a MAP hearing for the defendant to observe. A referral may follow if the defendant is interested in this diversion track after observation.

Contact Roger Iino at riino@bridgeways.org or 425-513-8213 with questions or to learn more.

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