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Uniform release of information forms
A person can grant written permission to release his or her health information, which facilitates information sharing. Jurisdictions may obtain an authorization or consent form at various stages of the criminal justice process, such as at initial contact with law enforcement, at jail booking, or when joining a mental health… Read More
Shared definition of mental illness and serious mental illness
Single definitions of mental illness and serious mental illness (SMI) are adopted and consistently used by local behavioral health systems, jail, 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 mental illnesses and… Read More
Shared definition of recidivism
A single definition of recidivism is adopted and consistently used by local behavioral health systems, jails, courts, and probation and parole agencies for their Stepping Up efforts. This definition accounts for the premise that rearrests, convictions for new crimes, and the return to custody for violating conditions of release (i.e.,… Read More
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
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
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
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
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