August 31, 2018  |  11:09 am

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office participated in a multi-day workshop this week for the development of integrated strategies to identify and respond to the needs of justice-involved adults with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.

Crisis Intervention Training Strategic Action Planning, sponsored by Bureau of Justice Assistance VALOR Initiative and Policy Research Associates, is a workshop designed to help communities identify existing community resources, service gaps, and opportunities for improved service coordination and communication between mental health, substance abuse, and criminal justice professionals. 

Key agency administrators, staff, and consumer advocates from the mental health, substance abuse, and the criminal justice system in St. Tammany Parish participated in the Crisis Intervention Training Strategic Action Planning which focused efforts on cross-systems collaboration and the reduction of system and service barriers with an integrated, local action plan. 

During the workshop, participants reviewed a map that had been developed by key stakeholders, detailing the flow of criminal justice contact from arrest to incarceration, referral and access to services, and points for diversion from the justice system across St. Tammany Parish. Recommendations for systems modifications were considered.  

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office was one of only four agencies selected nationally to participate in this nearly year-long training initiative. As a selected agency, the STPSO does not receive any funding, but instead, is provided with intensive technical assistance, resources, training, coaching, and expertise from a national pool of subject matter experts to adopt and operationalize a Crisis Intervention Training strategy agency-wide. This a multi-step project that will conclude in the summer of 2019.