Diversion Programs

Orange County Criminal Justice Resource Department Diversion Programming

The purpose of diversion programs is to reduce the harm of legal system involvement for individuals by diverting them to therapeutic and educational resources. Participants work with a diversion coordinator to complete a diversion plan that provides support through accountability, information about the collateral consequences of criminal justice involvement, and service referrals to specialized programming that meet the individual’s needs in order to resolve their matter without the lasting collateral consequences of an arrest or criminal conviction.

Referrals for diversion are made by law enforcement and court personnel with the ultimate goal of increasing community safety and well-being by offering earlier and direct access to interventions and information that reduce the likelihood of recidivism and allow law enforcement to prioritize more pressing public safety issues. Diversion programs are more effective and less costly than arrest, court referrals, and incarceration; and have long-term economic benefits for the individual and the community. In addition, diversion improves community relations with law enforcement, reduces racial disparities and improves public health outcomes.

The Orange County Criminal Justice Resource Department oversees four different diversion programs that focus on different justice-involved communities, and use 3 different sets of eligibility criteria:

Follow the links or see the right sidebar for more information about each program including who to contact and eligibility information.

Submit a Diversion Referral Form Online - Court Stakeholders 

Submit a Diversion Referral Form Online - Law Enforcement Officers

Diversion referral form for Law Enforcement - PDF

Diversion referral form for Court Stakeholders - PDF

  1. Criminal Justice Resource Department

    Physical Address
    106 E Margaret Lane
    1st Floor, Courthouse
    Hillsborough, NC 27278

    Fax: 919-640-1729

  2. Desmond Frierson, LCSW-A

    Diversion Programs Coordinator
    Phone: 919-245-2312; Cell: 336-212-5883

  3. Tami Pfeifer, LCSW

    Youth Behavioral Health Liaison
    Phone: 919-245-2311; Cell: 919-698-9130

  4. Megan Pickard, CPSS

    Recovery Diversion Coordinator

  5. Jennifer Cole, MS, CADC, CPSS

    Reentry Recovery Navigator

  6. Ashley Machado, LCSW-A, LCAS-A

    Mental Health Diversion Coordinator