Communities see immediate benefits from a Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) Mapping Workshop through increased stakeholder communication and collaboration, as well as through the subsequent delivery of a map and report that document critical conversations and planning for improvements to local efforts to divert people with behavioral health disorders from the justice system.

However, the real challenge of the work lies in the weeks and months following the SIM Mapping Workshop, when the collaborative group must move forward and dedicate time and resources to continue the work explored during the workshop, including furthering the action plans.

This page provides resources for communities to maximize next steps following participation in a SIM mapping workshop, including immediate, short-term, and long-term strategies. Recommendations include the following:

  • Build on the collaboration present at the SIM
  • Engage support from local officials
  • Integrate individuals with mental illness (peers), those who have been formerly incarcerated, victim advocates and family members, etc. into ongoing and future efforts
  • Develop or amend a mission statement, vision statement, and guiding principles for the group
  • Consider integrating your SIM-related work with relevant national initiatives
  • Associated Mappings:
    • Sequential Intercept Model Mapping Workshops

This resource was first shared in 2018.