Nicole Eberhart

Senior Behavioral Scientist
RAND Corporation

Nicole Eberhart is a Senior Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation. A licensed clinical psychologist, her research focuses primarily on mental health, with expertise in mental health program evaluation, behavioral health services and systems, and integration of behavioral health with other service systems. Dr. Eberhart has extensive experience working with the state of California and individual counties on evaluation of mental health services and programs, and she has performed national work on mental health system transformation. 

  • Mental health diversion under California Assembly Bill (AB) 1810 created a pretrial pathway for individuals to enroll in community-based treatment as an alternative to incarceration if they have a mental illness that played a significant role in the crime for which they were charged.

    March 19, 2024



  • This research will provide actionable results as counties develop their mental health diversion policies and procedures in accordance with AB 1810, particularly as courts re-open in the wake of COVID-19. In so doing, this project will not only benefit racial justice in the criminal legal system in California but also efforts to pursue racial equity through the increased use of mental health diversion nationwide.

    December 14, 2021


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