County Examples & Solutions

Building Data-Driven Justice in Dane County, Wis.

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    Building Data-Driven Justice in Dane County, Wis.

    In 2016, Dane County joined Data Driven Justice (DDJ), committing to data sharing and integration across justice, health, and community services systems in an effort to divert individuals with substance use disorders and mental illnesses away from the justice system and decrease or eliminate their need for emergency services. The county also resolved to better understand and address the racial disparities within these systems. Dane County has devoted significant time and resources to integrate and use that data to identify gaps in care and other problems within the crisis response system.

    Long standing efforts on criminal justice reform in Dane County, in addition to growing community support, led the County Board to approve an expansive reform package in October of 2020. This package included a triage and restoration center, a community justice center, and protocol changes for a crisis first responder pilot program.

    This case study shares Dane County’s recent successes providing crisis response services to residents in need and the steps that led to these successes.

     

    Data-Driven Justice (DDJ) is a project of the National Association of Counties (NACo) and Arnold Ventures that aims to support local jurisdictions in using data to better align resources to respond to people experiencing a behavioral health crisis, particularly those who are frequent utilizers of justice, health and human services systems. Find out more and join.

    In 2016, Dane County joined Data Driven Justice (DDJ), committing to data sharing and integration across justice, health, and community services systems in an effort to divert individuals with substance use disorders and mental illnesses awa
    2021-02-08
    County Examples & Solutions
    2022-04-06
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    The Stepping Up Initiative

    In May 2015, NACo and partners at the CSG Justice Center and APA Foundation launched Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails.
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    Justice & Public Safety Steering Committee

    All matters pertaining to criminal justice and public safety systems, including ​criminal justice planning, law enforcement, courts, corrections, homeland security, community crime prevention, juvenile justice and delinquency prevention, emergency management, fire prevention and control, and civil disturbances.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
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    <p>All matters pertaining to criminal justice and public safety systems, including ​criminal justice planning, law enforcement, courts, corrections, homeland security, community crime prevention, juvenile justice and delinquency preven

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    Opioid Solutions Center

    Through the Opioid Solutions Initiative, NACo empowers local leaders to invest resources in effective treatment, recovery, prevention and other public health practices that save lives and address the underlying causes of substance use disorder.
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