Using and Sharing Data
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.
Disclaimer: These resources are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Any questions about HIPAA, 42 CFR Part 2 or other federal, state and local policies and regulations should be directed to legal counsel.
County Examples & SolutionsThis consent form is an example of the authorization that can be obtained from patients to release their health and behavioral health information to providers in an established treatment network.
County Examples & SolutionsThis 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.
County Examples & Solutions
The Do-It-Yourself Cost-Study Guide: Assessing Public Costs Before and After Permanent Support HousingThe 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
Basic pageThe Familiar Faces Initiative empowers communities to share data and integrate care options between health and justice systems so they can intervene earlier, improve outcomes and reduce incarceration and hospitalization rates.
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