Laine Putans

Laine Putans

Jail Diversion Manager, Center for Behavioral Health and Justice

Laine Putans


Laine began working as a research assistant on the jail diversion evaluation team after completing her macro social work degree in May 2017. As a passionate advocate for justice-involved individuals, Laine is grateful to be participating in jail diversion research and evaluation. Before coming to WSU, Laine worked as a domestic violence crisis-line worker, an employment specialist for individuals on parole, a nonprofit fundraiser, and a nanny. Additionally, Laine has volunteered with many local organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Hospice of Michigan, and the Michigan Department of Corrections.


Laine serves as manager of the Jail Diversion initiative at the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice. She is responsible for the effective, efficient and coordinated management of various projects and initiatives focused on jail diversion efforts and strategies across Michigan including Stepping Up.

Degrees and Certifications

  • Licensed Macro Social Worker (LMSW-Macro)
  • MSW, Wayne State University
  • BGS, University of Michigan
  • NASW-MI Board Member (Region 6 - Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Livingston, and Shiawassee County)


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