Legal Aid's Criminal Practice In the Forefront of Innovation

The Legal Aid Society has been awarded funding from The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation to implement an innovative two-year demonstration project in New York County called the Manhattan Arraignment Diversion Project (MAP). MAP aims to better identify, assess and represent individuals with mental illness facing criminal charges by providing for an inter-disciplinary arraignment legal team, including a clinical social worker, paralegal/case handler and peer intern, who will work in selected arraignment parts alongside the attorneys to identify and address the needs of selected clients while securing the best legal outcome.

The planning for MAP has already begun. Over the summer we will finalize all internal practices and protocols as well as conduct outreach to the various parties impacted by MAP. The Project funding period begins on July 1, 2010. If successful, the Society will be in a position to seek funding to extend this client service to other counties.

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