What is information sharing?

  • Information sharing is a way of improving collaboration between agencies by communicating information in carefully controlled ways. By sharing information, agencies can identify areas where they can collaborate to benefit the people they serve and eliminate redundancies in the work they do.
  • Because so many people who cycle through the justice system have a range of chronic health needs, improving interagency communication between justice and health systems can have far-reaching benefits. For example, if community health workers have access to information on the medications that medical staff working in prisons or jails prescribes for people with serious mental illness, they can help ensure that these people continue receiving essential medications when they return home. Read more about how Connecticut has used this approach to the benefit of formerly incarcerated people.
  • To learn more about other ways that information sharing can increase access to treatment, reduce crime, and save  money, check out our Resource Library.