Community Behavioral-Health Crisis Services play a critical role in public safety, which becomes ever more challenging in a difficult fiscal climate. At the same time ironically, the Criminal Justice System often end up being the entry-point to the “system” for many individuals who are experiencing behavioral health symptoms. In many communities, law enforcement and behavioral health feel like disparate entities. A partnership between Public Health and Criminal-Justice Systems, helps to improve safety in a community and serves as an opportunity for diversion into behavioral health treatment, spawning opportunities for recovery. There are two parallel and interconnected challenges; namely, how to effectively and meaningfully engage these important community partners, while ensuring there is a funding mechanism to support a wide spectrum of interconnected services across the community behavioral health system.