The Sequential Intercept Model has helped conceptualize interventions for people with serious mental illness in the criminal/legal system. This paper operationalizes the Sequential Intercept Model into a 35-item scorecard of behavioral health and legal practices. Using interviews, survey, and observational methods, the scorecard assesses an exploratory sample of 19 counties over 27 independent data collections. A series of ordinary least squares regression models assessed the predictor scores on four jail outcomes: prevalence of serious mental illness, length of stay, connections to treatment, and recidivism. Increases in pre-booking scores showed significant decreases in jail prevalence of serious mental illness at the p < 0.05 level, and post-booking scores and overall scores showed significant positive associations with connections to treatment at the p < 0.05 level, though these were non-significant after correcting for multiple comparisons. Preliminary findings suggest a combination of practices across the Sequential Intercept Model could have synergistic impacts on key jail diversion outcomes.
Assessing county-level behavioral health and justice systems with the sequential intercept model practices, leadership, and expertise scorecard
Swanson, L., Nelson, V., Comartin, E. B., Kubiak, S., Putans, L., Hambrick, N., Ray, B., Tillander, L., Washington, A., Butkiewicz, R., & Costello, M. (2022). Assessing county-level behavioral health and justice systems with the sequential intercept model practices, leadership, and expertise scorecard. Community Mental Health Journal. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-022-01042-5