Systems mapping is a core piece of PRA’s work across our areas of expertise. Using a framework, such as the Sequential Intercept Model, the Critical Intervention Model for Youth, or the Crisis Intercept Model, we walk jurisdictions through how people flow from the community into the criminal justice, juvenile justice, or crisis systems and identify key intercept points of diversion and treatment. Through this mapping, community stakeholders are introduced to evidence-based practices and emerging best practices while they map their current initiatives to identify areas of strength, challenge, and duplication. Systems mapping is a vital tool for communities in the strategic planning process.
The Sequential Intercept Model was developed as a conceptual model to inform community-based responses to the involvement of people with mental and substance use disorders in the criminal justice system. It was developed over several years in the early 2000s by Mark Munetz, MD and Patricia A. Griffin, PhD, along with Henry J. Steadman, PhD, of Policy Research Associates, Inc.