This document was prepared by the RAND Corporation to address a growing interest on the part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to better understand what factors facilitate program sustainment over time. The objectives of the document are therefore to evaluate program sustainment status in a sample of former BJA programs, to examine the characteristics theorized to underlie longevity, and to make recommendations for improving BJA’s assessment of program sustainability. Many of the points addressed translate to other programs, making this a good resource for thinking about sustainability issues.
Document by the Center of Excellence containing questions to stimulate your thinking about the current readiness of your county or agency for collecting data. Thinking about each of these areas can give you guidance regarding the level of work still to be done and/or areas which need particular focus.
From the Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center, this Toolkit includes an overview of jail reentry, first steps for developing a context-appropriate jail reentry initiative, essential facts and data to engage stakeholders, sample legislation, profiles of elected officials who have championed jail reentry, and a guide to additional resources.
This U.S. Department of Justice
National Institute of Corrections report provides step-by-step instructions for local corrections personnel who want to use statistical
data to improve their organization’s efficiency and provide support for funding
initiatives. It advises readers on what types of data they
should regularly collect, the sources from which data can be obtained, how to store data
and access it, and methods for interpreting it.
Released by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, this guide discusses HIPAA and privacy regulations' effects on exchanges between criminal justice and health professionals with the goal of reducing criminal justice involvement among people with mental illnesses. It includes answers to frequently asked questions such as when protected health information can be released and received.
Describes the community planning process to improve the
response to adults with mental illness in the criminal justice system as a Bureau of Justice Assistance's Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) grantee.
Developed by the United Way, this document provides an overview of key
concepts related to defining and measuring outcomes. The document
also contains some references that may also be helpful in this area.
Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative
The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, works with states to implement an innovative cost-benefit analysis approach that helps them invest in policies and programs that are proven to work. The four documents listed below are reports and issues briefs from the project that provide helpful guidance for the effective use of resources.
CSG Justice Center in partnership with Dr. Faye Taxman from George Mason University’s Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence developed a set of guiding principles and process measures that can help guide cross-systems delivery of service. The guide can be accessed here.
Developed by the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and
Practices, this document provides a set questions that will guide your
thinking on relevant issues related to selecting an intervention.
This document by Venango County contains the policy and procedures regarding the exchange of information between first responders and the Venango County Mental Health System, developed in consultation with John Petrila, JD of the Florida Mental Health Institute, one of the foremost national authorities on legal issues around information sharing between law enforcement and behavioral health services.