The National Association of Counties (NACo) is now accepting applications to the Advancing Cross-System Partnerships Leadership Lab, or “Leadership Lab” for short. The Leadership Lab will bring together up to four counties from across the country to develop plans that would advance the design and implementation of data-driven and outcome-centered processes that promote decision-making across the health, human services and justice systems. The goal of cross-system partnerships is to improve the social, health and economic outcomes of populations that are involved in the justice system through the coordination of services and supports provided by the county and its community-based partners.
Counties that are selected to participate will be expected to select a target population on which they plan to focus their efforts. They will also be expected to demonstrate progress in connecting their health, human services and justice systems and in taking a data-driven approach to identifying opportunities that improve the health, well-being, stability and self-sufficiency of their target population. NACo encourages counties to think creatively about how to define justice-involved populations, such as pregnant women, chronically homeless individuals, individuals with serious medical conditions, children of incarcerated parents, youth in the juvenile justice system and dual-status youth. As participants in the Leadership Lab, counties will develop plans for determining what services and supports will improve outcomes among their target population and how they will measure and track those outcomes.
Counties that are selected will have the strong foundation for a cross-sector or multidisciplinary team that includes a commissioner/supervisor (or equivalent) and senior-level representatives from each of the health, human services and justice systems. Teams can include up to four additional members that will help the county meet the expectations of the Leadership Lab.
The Leadership Lab is a 15-month commitment, including several in-person meetings and ongoing long-distance technical assistance. Selected counties will meet for the first time in June to begin developing their strategies for advancing data-driven cross-system partnerships.
NACo will accept applications through April 13. More information about the Leadership Lab and the application can be found at www.naco.org/leadershiplab.
The Leadership Lab is a partnership between NACo and the Kresge Foundation. The Kresge Foundation supports efforts to create pathways and expand opportunities for low-income people to improve their life circumstances and economic mobility.