The Sequential Intercept Model Mapping Workshop encourages collaboration between the behavioral health and criminal justice systems. Participants consider the situation faced by people in their area with behavioral health needs. They explore how these individuals become involved with and flow through the criminal justice system. Through this process, stakeholders figure out what supports or services these individuals need and whether they already exist in the community. This allows participants to create a map of the local system. The map outlines gaps, opportunities, and resources for adults with mental and substance use disorders.
Once stakeholders have their cross-systems map, the group sets priorities for action. These priorities focus on improving responses for adults with mental and substance use disorders, both at the network and service level. The facilitators tell participants about examples of best practices and evidence-based practices from around the country. This allows stakeholders to learn from other communities, using these examples to shape local decisions. The mapping event culminates with the creation of a local strategic plan. The plan is based on the gaps, resources, and priorities identified during the mapping process.
With the Sequential Intercept Model Mapping Workshop, communities can:
- improve the early identification of adults with behavioral health needs in the criminal justice system;
- increase effective connections to complete, appropriate, and integrated services in the community;
- reduce the chances that people will cycle in and out of the criminal justice system;
- promote and support recovery;
- enhance public safety; and
- improve quality of life for all.