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Critical Intervention Mapping (CIM)

Critical Intervention Mapping and Action Planning day and a half workshops are framed by the Blueprint for Change: A Comprehensive Model for the Identification and Treatment of Youth with Mental Health Disorders in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System. During the workshop, participants from across the juvenile justice and behavioral health systems share critical details about the local service systems along critical intervention points (or intercepts) that exist across the juvenile legal continuum. Participants discuss resources and gaps associated with the provision of behavioral health and diversion services to legally-involved youth at each of the following intercepts:

  • Community and Schools
  • Initial Contact
  • Intake and Judicial Processing
  • Detention and Placement
  • Probation and Re-Entry

After developing a comprehensive list of resources and gaps, workshop participants brainstorm a list of priorities for action to leverage existing resources and to close system- and service-level gaps. Participants then vote on the community-driven list of priorities for action. During the second day, participants develop preliminary strategic plans for the priorities that received the most votes. Communities have the option of selecting a virtual follow-up approximately one month after the workshop for an additional half-day session to support the community's ongoing strategic action planning.

The resulting community-lead strategic plan is a starting point for ongoing practice improvement work within the local community based on cross-system collaborative discussions. The CIM workshop goal is to leverage local community collaboration and insight to improve outcomes for youth with behavioral health, and often trauma-related, conditions in contact with the juvenile legal system.

Community Assets Mapping

Assets mapping provides detailed information about the landscape of resources and services in a local community to help support juvenile legal involved youth and families. The process of asset mapping aims to identify a continuum of community resources to help enhance the flow of referrals and avoid duplication, more efficiently linking service plans to address complex and/or specific needs to improve health and well-being. Asset mapping can be tailored to support the development of specific target areas within the juvenile legal system including risk assessment/case planning, behavioral health screening, and juvenile competence remediation.