Peer Support Roles Across the Sequential Intercept Model

Policy Research Associates, Inc. is pleased to release a new tool to the field, Peer Support Roles Across the Sequential Intercept Model. This two-page tool provides an overview of how people with lived experience, or peers, can provide support to individuals in contact with the criminal justice system at each intercept of the Sequential Intercept Model.

There is substantial and growing evidence that engaging peers leads to better behavioral health and criminal justice outcomes. Peers are commonly found working in the community or with service providers, and stakeholders should consider how peers can be best effective within the criminal justice system. This two-page resource was designed to identify a host of roles that peers can play, both as staff and volunteers, across the Sequential Intercept Model. In addition to the broad outline, local examples are provided to highlight peers who are working with law enforcement, courts and attorneys, jails and prisons, reentry services, and community corrections across the United States.

Interested in learning how to incorporate peer services into your criminal justice program? Read the City & County Leadership to Reduce the Use of Jails: Engaging Peers in Jail Use Reduction Strategies brief, co-authored by the National League of Cities and Policy Research, Inc. This brief highlights policy and funding opportunities city and county leaders can explore to use peer support as part of their continuum of care and in justice-related interventions.

This resource was first shared in 2020.

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