Using and sharing data to provide the appropriate response to high utilizers’ needs is challenging work, but results in meaningful outcomes for individuals, families and the community. Effective use of data can also reduce the number of individuals held in jail pretrial simply because they cannot afford bail, reduce recidivism and help develop better programs for individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. Creating a network for information sharing and engaging in effective planning and coordination is critical to building a consensus around what data can and will be shared. Key stakeholders must understand the legal framework for information sharing to design and implement effective criminal justice, health and human service collaborations. Staff must be trained to respond to questions about the purpose and limits of data sharing.
This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is an example of how county departments and local law enforcement agencies can formalize their involvement in a diversion program, including specifying the sharing and using of data as part of each entity's responsbility and committment.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is frequently characterized as a barrier to implementing a smarter, more data-driven approach to diverting the high-utilizer population and providing treatment and services. The U.S.
The Data-Driven Justice (DDJ) Playbook outlines six strategic steps communities can take when building a system that diverts high-utilizers from courts and jails to appropriate treatment and services in the community that can provide long-term stability to individuals’ health and social circumstances. The six strategic steps include building co
This form is an example of how law enforcement agencies can request health information from health providers. Law enforcement agencies in Charleston County, S.C., complete the form when requesting records from Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center.
The Corporation for Supportive Housing, a White House Data-Driven Justice Initiative Commitment Maker, provides a guide for local jurisdictions on questions to ask and data to collect and analyze in order to understand the impact of public supportive housing on reducing the inappropriate use and associated costs of emergency public services (e.g