“Evaluation and Restoration of Competence to Stand Trial: Intercepting the Forensic System Using the Sequential Intercept Model,” was written by Lisa Callahan, Ph.D. and Debra Pinals, M.D. and published in the July 2020 issue of Psychiatric Services. Dr. Callahan is a Senior Research Associate at Policy Research Associates.

This article explores the ways in which criminal justice and behavioral health stakeholders can use the Sequential Intercept Model to reduce jail stays and increase connections to community-based services for individuals with serious behavioral health conditions and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities. Individuals with these conditions are often found ineligible for traditional diversion services when competence to stand trial is raised, even though diversion would be a safer alternative in many cases. In this paper, Drs. Pinals and Callahan provide examples of diversion opportunities for individuals involved in the competence to stand trial/competence restoration process across the intercepts of the Sequential Intercept Model.

  • Associated Mappings:
    • Sequential Intercept Model Mapping Workshops
    • Competence to Stand Trial

This resource was first shared in 2020.