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 Business Associate Agreement (BAA) is between the county’s Automated Information Mapping System (AIMS) and the county’s human services department. In this example, the human services department is the business associate.
This confidentiality agreement is between the county and county employees who access My Resource Connection, an information system with client records. The agreement provides instruction on how to communicate with other departments about mutual clients and the types of information that can be shared with other service providers.
This tool was developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help determine if a person, business or government agency is a covered entity under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, these provisions provide sample language for Business Associate Agreements (BAAs), including permitted uses and disclosures of Protected Health Information (PHI).
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