The Custody Diversion Protocol was developed through the shared efforts of the Department of Mental Health, Department of Social Services – Children’s Division, the courts and family members after the passage of House Bill 1453 and Senate Bill 1003 in 2004, which sought to prevent families from giving up custody of their child to the state in order for them to access behavioral health services. The protocol facilitates the identification of potential services needs for children and youth who are currently accessing services and for those who may need to access mental health services. The Custody Diversion Protocol should only be initiated when the parent/legal guardian wants to relinquish custody of their child in order to access mental health services.