All County Objectives

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Whole Person Defense

By December 2023, the Public Defender will train 100 percent of attorneys to identify needs and make timely referrals to the Holistic Defense Division to assess clients for enmeshed legal and social needs beyond acute mental health and substance use issues, link clients to supportive services, and create case plans that address the root causes of criminal legal system involvement.


Key Steps

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Review holistic services provided for common issues discovered but not identified in initial referral. Build a curriculum that helps attorneys effectively identify and respond to clients' needs. Review and improve referral systems to increase opportunities for timely, effective referrals. Provide training to support improved communication and collaboration on interdisciplinary defense teams.
Original End Date:
Baseline: Progress:
12/31/2023 Train 100% of attorneys in holistic defense 50% 100%