Using the Sequential Intercept Model to Guide Local Reform: An Innovation Fund Case Study

urban instituteThis publication from the Urban Institute examines how the Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) can provide a framework for addressing the interface between the criminal justice and mental health systems by assessing available community resources, determining service gaps, identifying opportunities to divert people from needless involvement in the criminal justice system, and implementing reforms at six distinct justice decision points, or “intercepts.” This case study examines how three communities used SIM to advance justice reform efforts, including their planning processes and objectives. The study also explores stakeholder reflections on the process and lessons learned, including the importance of having neutral facilitators, a diverse and representative group involved in the mapping process, and preparation and education around the SIM.