Laine Putans

Laine Putans

Project Coordinator, 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 leads Jail Diversion evaluation activities within several counties across Michigan including Barry, Berrien, Livingston, Monroe, and St. Joseph Counties; supports Stepping Up technical assistance efforts across multiple communities; and serves on the data team. Responsibilities include regular communication, data collection, and ongoing collaboration and coordination with behavioral health and criminal justice stakeholders, as well as data entry, cleaning, manipulation and verification of local and state-level data.

Degrees and Certifications

  • Limited License Master Social Worker (LLMSW)
  • MSW, Wayne State University
  • BGS, University of Michigan

Office Location

Office #226, Prentis - 5201 Cass Avenue