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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 confidentiality regulations.

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Local Examples

Johnson County, KS Johnson County

  • All service providers that use the county's integrated data sharing system, My Resource Connection, must sign an agreement that outlines how information may be shared using the system.
  • By signing this agreement, users certify that they understand appropriate use of the system and will maintain confidentiality of shared information.
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Los Angeles County, CA Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)

  • Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and LAPD incorporated a section about confidentiality and information sharing into their memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.
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Bernalillo County, NM

  • Bernalillo County uses a Universal Release of Information (UROI) form for multiple partners, allowing information about the population with behavioral health needs to be shared among all partners listed on the form.
  • A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was also created between county and city leaders, law enforcement, judicial programs, homelessness services, managed care organizations, criminal justice partners, and the law office of the public defenders to develop collaborative approaches across behavioral health and criminal justice systems, improve information sharing and data tracking, reduce length of incarceration for those with substance use and/or behavioral health needs, reduce recidivism, and reduce impacts to emergency services.
  • Finally, a data use agreement between Bernalillo County and Tyler Technologies was created to build a confidentiality-protected and cloud-based database, which allows MOU partners to search a real-time list of “familiar faces,” the status of a given individual’s UROI, and the agency point of contact for each individual.
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