Pioneer Opens Snohomish County Diversion Center
On June 2, 2018, Pioneer opened the doors to the new 44-bed Snohomish County Diversion Center in Everett, Washington. The center provides short-term placement and shelter to homeless adults with a substance use disorder and other behavioral health issues, diverting them away from incarceration and toward treatment. The program is designed to treat individuals in the county and help prevent them from committing low-level crimes to live and support their addiction.
Diversion centers have been found to reduce recidivism and use of crisis and emergency resources, as well as decrease behaviors associated with untreated mental health and substance use disorders. The focus of the Snohomish County Diversion Center is to: reduce criminal justice recidivism and costs, increase participation in treatment services, and increase housing stability for homeless individuals struggling with untreated mental illness and addiction.