In 2013, McLean County requested assistance from the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) to study the availability and quality of mental health services within its jail system and the community. NIC reported a direct correlation between the lack of available community-based resources and the number of people with mental illness and/or substance use disorders arrested.
Based on NIC’s assessment and recommendations, the McLean County Board developed the “McLean County Mental Health Action Plan,” which identifies immediate and long-term steps for the Board, county departments and service providers. The plan’s primary goal is to understand and improve the intersection of the justice and behavioral health systems in the county, ultimately by identifying and assigning responsibilities by agency.
This case study shares the steps taken by the county to address these challenges and highlights some of the initiatives and practices that have been implemented to better assist people experiencing a behavioral health crisis.
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.Standard