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Shared definition of substance addiction
A single definition of substance addiction is adopted and consistently used by local behavioral health systems, jails, courts, and probation and parole agencies for their Stepping Up efforts. This ensures that all systems are using the same measure to identify people who have substance addiction, which may encompass substance addictions… 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
Prioritized strategies for system improvement
Upon gathering the data and completing the process analysis and inventory of services, the planning team selects and prioritizes strategies intended to impact one or more of the four key measures. Each strategy is accompanied by a detailed description of funding needs, projections of the impact it will have, potential… Read More
Screening and assessment process for substance addiction
Every person booked into jail is screened for substance addiction using validated screening tools. For those that screen positive, a licensed mental health professional administers a validated clinical assessment in a timely manner. Crucial case information is then disseminated to appropriate decision makers to inform pretrial release decisions and the… Read More
Medicaid and SSI/SSDI application assistance prior to release
Correctional facilities implement a process that allows jail personnel or staff from an outside entity to assist people in the jail with Medicaid and Social Security Insurance/Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI/SSDI) applications, as well as with the submission of ex-parte/administrative renewals of suspended Medicaid benefits, prior to their release. The… Read More
Behavioral health assessment informs in-custody care
The jail uses the results of a behavioral health assessment to inform a person’s treatment and services while incarcerated. Read More