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Systems Mapping

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.

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BJA VALOR Initiative – Law Enforcement and Community: Crisis Intervention Training Model Program

2017 - 2020

This training and technical assistance program delivered the crisis intervention training (CIT) model, developed by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, to law enforcement agencies, along with a suite of resources and technical assistance. The program goal is to improve law enforcement’s reaction to and interaction with people with mental illness, thereby increasing officer and community safety.


This national project is designed to expand access to community-based services for adults diagnosed with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders at all points of contact with the justice system.


This national project is designed to help state and territory teams develop and implement strategic plans to strengthen behavioral health systems for service members, veterans, and their families.

National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice

2001 - 2022

This project aimed to improve life opportunities for youth by advancing policy and practice improvements that ensure the well-being of youth, families, and communities.


The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge—Serious Mental Illness Technical Assistance contract provides intensive technical assistance to the selected Safety and Justic