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Prescriptions and medications provided upon release
People leaving jail are prescribed and given access to an appropriate supply of needed medications upon release to avoid harmful–and potentially unsafe–disruptions in care. Read More
Partnership agreements
Collaborating agencies develop partnership agreements, such as memoranda of understanding (MOU), that establish the roles and responsibilities of each agency. These agreements may also be used to support information-sharing between collaborating agencies (see also the “Information-sharing agreements” intervention). Read More
Motivational Enhancement Therapy (Motivational interviewing)
Motivational interviewing is a participant-centric, directive method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence. It is an evidence-based practice that has been identified by researchers, experts, and practitioners as being effective for adults involved in the criminal justice system. Read More
Mental health professional embedded in the jail
One or more mental health professionals work within the jail to provide expertise and support for corrections personnel, as well as treatment, referrals, and support for people who have mental illnesses. Read More
Representative planning team
A representative planning team is established that includes key leaders from the criminal justice and behavioral health systems, people who have mental illnesses, mental health advocates, and representatives from county, municipal, and state government, as appropriate. The planning team, which includes a designated chairperson and a project coordinator, has established… Read More
Jail notifies other agencies when a person is released
When a person is released, the jail notifies the relevant courts, probation and parole agencies, community-based organizations, and other appropriate agencies. Ideally, the notification is electronic and automatic. Read More
Information-sharing agreements
Agencies establish information-sharing agreements that both protect people’s privacy and support the need to share, with relevant partners, the case-level results of screenings and assessments that inform key decisions related to pretrial release, diversion, discharge planning, and specialized pretrial and post-conviction community supervision. These agreements align with federal and state… Read More
Inventory of services and identified gaps
Existing evidence-based programs and practices are inventoried. Gaps in services are identified, including those that are not available or do not meet capacity needs at each decision point. Inefficient processes are also identified for improvement to expand access to appropriate services by reducing any bottlenecks. Read More
Jail booking information reviewed by mental health professional
The jail allows their mental health provider to see booking information, which they scan for people that receive or have received treatment from the mental health agency. Once identified, the provider can follow up to see if diversion options are available for the person, assist them through the criminal justice… Read More