Project Term: 24 months; 2018-2020
Grant Amount: $47,565
Many individuals with behavioral health disorders find themselves involved in criminal justice due to barriers to adequate treatment and support. This project will identify resources in the Flathead community to support individuals who are unnecessarily involved in the criminal justice system due to a behavioral health disorder. Through the Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) mapping process, the Flathead County Health Department will identify current gaps in service and develop a community plan to improve outcomes. SIM will be utilized to organize behavioral health services to better meet the needs of individuals with behavioral health disorders who are involved in the criminal justice system. Through this project, the community will identify where crisis diversion activities can be developed or enhanced to meet treatment needs and assist with reentry from the justice system or inpatient setting back into the community. The grantee will include a team of stakeholders in this process that includes community experts in mental health, substance use, law enforcement, criminal justice, housing, health, tribal, social services, and individuals directly impacted by behavioral health disorders in Flathead County.