The Post-Crisis Response Team (PCRT) project was designed to improve the various ways justice-involved individuals with mental health issues in DuPage County, Illinois, are served. To determine the scope of the problem, a Sequential Intercept Mapping (SIM) workshop was held in July 2017. Using the gaps identified from this workshop, a coalition was formed to work with local stakeholders to research and make changes. Another aspect of the project was the development of a Post-Crisis Response Team to respond to people who have a mental health crisis during an interaction with the Sheriff’s Office. Finally, the ways in which the county’s law enforcement departments code mental health calls were assessed and recommendations were made for streamlining this across all departments.
The first step for other communities trying to replicate our project would be to build a network of stakeholders across sectors who are interested in improving mental health in the community. Conducting a SIM workshop was a great first step for us and helped both strengthen these collaborative relationships as well as identify gaps. To replicate our PCRT, work with your county Sheriff’s Office (or other law enforcement department) and specify the calls through streamlined UCR code data that would qualify for follow-up, and then identify and train employees from both organizations who can work together regularly to provide follow-up.