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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
Jail in-reach by community-based services
Community-based service providers–including mental health providers, substance addiction treatment providers, housing services, and probation and parole agencies–work with the jail to connect with people while they are in custody. This helps to ensure a “warm hand-off” to service providers upon release. 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
Collaborative comprehensive case plans
Collaborative comprehensive case plans are notedly responsive to factors that are most likely to reduce a person’s involvement in the criminal justice system, such as criminogenic risk, as well as their medical, psychiatric, and social needs. People who are high risk and high need will need the most intensive treatment… Read More
Comprehensive process analysis
A person’s movement through the justice system is traced, from their first contact with law enforcement to the final case disposition. By including detailed information–including data that specifies capacity needs–the planning team is better positioned to identify opportunities to improve services and prioritize needs. Read More
County mandate
A county resolution or other formal commitment from the governing body is passed that provides a clear directive for behavioral health and criminal justice system administrators to implement the systems-level changes necessary to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jail. Read More
Criminogenic risk assessment
A validated criminogenic risk assessment is administered to inform release decisions, such as whether supervision or services are required to reduce the person’s risk of reoffending. Read More
Cross-training for probation, parole, and treatment providers
Probation and parole officers and community-based treatment providers are trained to recognize and respond to people with mental illnesses under community supervision. Read More