This report describes how a multi-agency group, involving 42 different stakeholders, used the Sequential Intercept Model to address communication and information sharing issues between criminal justice and community health providers and develop a plan to enhance diversion programming before and at the point of jail booking.
Forty-two individuals, representing multiple stakeholder systems, including mental health, substance abuse treatment, human services, corrections, advocates, family members, consumers, law enforcement, and the courts, were involved in this cross-boundary mapping exercise. The County's Mental Health/Public Safety Subcommittee of the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council led the effort with the aim of producing a comprehensive picture of how people with mental illness and co-occurring disorders flow through the Multnomah County criminal justice system along five distinct intercept points. This report describes the outcomes of this effort, including the system map that was developed and the findings that came out of the mapping exercise. For example, through developing the system map, the stakeholders were able to identify who should be involved at each intercept, the gaps in the system that hinder continuity of care, and priority areas for improvement. This report also outlines the set of recommendations that was developed in order to address gaps in the system and improve the way people with mental illness and co-occurring disorders move through the criminal justice system and are connected with healthcare services.