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Best Practices and Resources Across the Intercepts

As the Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) gains acceptance and usage, researchers and resource providers are increasingly using the SIM as a cohesive framework for their work. These across-the-intercept resources touch on aspects of best practices that span the SIM, so they are listed separately from the specific categories and intercepts.

Additional PRA Best Practice Principles Across the Intercepts

Cross-systems collaboration and coordination of initiatives. Coordinating bodies improve outcomes through the development of community buy-in, identification of priorities and funding streams, and as an accountability mechanism.

Routine identification of people with mental and substance use disorders. Individuals with mental and substance use disorders should be identified through routine administration of validated, brief screening instruments and follow-up assessment as warranted.

Access to treatment for mental and substance use disorders. Justice- involved people with mental and substance use disorders should have access to individualized behavioral health services, including integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders and cognitive behavioral therapies addressing criminogenic risk factors.

Linkage to benefits to support treatment success, including Medicaid and Social Security. People in the justice system routinely lack access to health care coverage. Practices such as jail Medicaid suspension vs. termination and benefits specialists can reduce treatment gaps. People with disabilities may qualify for limited income support from Social Security.

Information-sharing and performance measurement among behavioral health, criminal justice, and housing / homelessness providers. Information-sharing practices can assist communities in identifying super- utilizers, provide an understanding of the population and its specific needs, and identify gaps in the system.

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