Municipal Courts: An Effective Tool for Diverting People with Mental and Substance Use Disorders from the Criminal Justice System

The Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) is a tool that enables communities to create coherent strategies to divert people with mental and substance use disorders from the criminal justice system. The mapping process associated with SIM (see Figure 1) focuses on five discrete points of potential intervention, or “intercepts”.ƒ Intercept 1: Law enforcement; Intercept 2: Initial detention/first court appearance;ƒ Intercept 3: Jails/courts;ƒ Intercept 4: Reentry from detention into the community; andƒ Intercept 5: Community corrections, probation, and parole.

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