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Mapping Workshop

Sequential Intercept Model (SIM)

The Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) has been used as a focal point for states and communities to assess available resources, determine gaps in services, and plan for community change. These activities are best accomplished by a team of stakeholders that cross over multiple systems, including mental health, substance abuse, law enforcement, pretrial services, courts, jails, community corrections, housing, health, social services, peers, family members, and many others.

Sequential Intercept Model Flow Diagram

SIM Mapping Workshops

A SIM Mapping is a workshop to develop a map that illustrates how people with behavioral health needs come into contact with and flow through the criminal justice system. Through the workshop, facilitators and participants identify opportunities for linkage to services and for prevention of further penetration into the criminal justice system. SIM mapping workshops are often based on the Sequential Intercept Model developed through SAMHSA’s GAINS Center at Policy Research Associates (PRA).

JCMH partners with HHSC’s Texas Behavioral Health and Justice Technical Assistance (T.A. Center) to provide SIM mapping workshops for communities. Generally, SIM Mapping workshops have three primary objectives:

  • Development of a comprehensive picture of how people with mental illness and co-occurring disorders flow through the criminal justice system along six distinct intercept points: (0) Mobile Crisis Outreach Teams/Co-Response, (1) Law Enforcement and Emergency Services, (2) Initial Detention and Initial Court Hearings, (3) Jails and Courts, (4) Re-entry, and (5) Community Corrections/Community Support.
  • Identification of gaps, resources, and opportunities at each intercept for individuals in the target population.
  • Development of priorities for activities designed to improve system and service level response for individuals in the target population.

Court MHAP Workshops

The JCMH team utilizes the Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) mapping concepts and strategies to conduct Mental Health Action Planning (MHAP) Workshops that focus on the intercepts directly related to the Texas courts. These intercepts are generally highly concentrated on Intercepts 2 and 3 of the Sequential Intercept Model, focusing on the periods between post-arrest and pre-adjudication, but can include pre-arrest and post-adjudication diversion opportunity points, as well.

Our workshop is designed to tap into community expertise to illustrate how individuals with mental health, behavioral health, and/or substance abuse needs flow through their local criminal justice system by bringing together local partners, including: judges, county leaders, prosecutors and defense attorneys, mental and behavioral health service providers, and other key stakeholders.

The MHAP Workshop identifies opportunities and resources for diverting people into treatment, indicates gaps in services, and focuses on streamlining processes and procedures.

Following the workshop, our team provides a tailored report summarizing the workshop, which can be used to develop an action plan in response to specific challenges that the court faces. The report can also be used to shape the Technical Assistance provided to the court following the workshop.

Upcoming SIM Mapping Workshops

February 2022 Grayson ***Rescheduled due to weather***
March 2022 Bell HHSC
March 2022 Denton JCMH
March 2022 Williamson HHSC
March 2022 Navarro HHSC
April 2022 Hood PRA
April 2022 Hunt HHSC
May 2022 Midland HHSC
May 2022 McLennan  HHSC
June 2022 Grayson JCMH
August 2022 Smith JCMH
August 2022 Tom Green HHSC
October 2022 Fannin TJCTC


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