Collaboration Assessment Tool
There is a common denominator among jurisdictions that have launched successful initiatives to address the needs of people with mental illness in the criminal justice system: some meaningful collaboration between at least one component of the criminal justice system and one component of the mental health system precedes the development and implementation of the initiative. The worksheets below are intended to help criminal justice and mental health organizations assess their existing level of collaboration; questions apply to the organizations’ specific collaborative activities and initiatives. With this goal in mind, these worksheets should be completed by both criminal justice and mental health representatives and their answers should represent a consensus.
The worksheets are organized according to four assessment categories:
- Knowledge Base
- System Collaboration
- Service Coordination
How to fill out the worksheets
To answer questions within each category, download the files below and identify where your jurisdiction’s collaborative efforts fall along a continuum of four response options. You should answer these questions with the current status of your initiative in mind, not your future plans.
Words and phrases in red are defined in the glossary in the order they appear in each section.
A new training program will help law enforcement agencies transform their juvenile probation programs to adopt more developmentally…Read More
Last year, Massachusetts passed legislation representing the most significant changes to the state’s criminal justice system in decades.…Read More
A growing body of research has shown that cognitive-behavioral interventions (CBIs) can significantly reduce recidivism by helping people understand and…Read More
A new training program will help law enforcement agencies transform their juvenile probation programs to adopt more developmentally appropriate practices.Read More
Last year, Massachusetts passed legislation representing the most significant changes to the state’s criminal justice system in decades. This legislation took concrete steps to incentivize good behavior in prison, divert people to treatment and programming as an alternative to incarceration, and strengthen community supervision.Read More
A growing body of research has shown that cognitive-behavioral interventions (CBIs) can significantly reduce recidivism by helping people understand and change the thinking patterns that can lead to criminal behavior.Read More
The Restitution Resource Center will help states improve the quality of their restitution systems by providing a central source for best practices and successful innovations in the field as well as facilitating peer networks and information exchange.Read More
“Stepping Up was born out of conversations with community leaders, law enforcement officials, and behavioral health specialists, who told us that the number of people with mental illnesses coming into their jails was a top challenge for them,” said Megan Quattlebaum, director of the CSG Justice Center.Read More