OCHN offers a wide variety of preventive and intervention services and supports that address the needs of people prior, during, and after an encounter with law enforcement, courts, or jail. OCHN is consistently working to fill the gaps through collaborative agreements with community partners to build sustainable efforts.
OCHN uses the Sequential Intercept Model to identify opportunities to implement strategies to divert individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. The Sequential Intercept Model was developed by the SAMHSA GAINS Center to formalize intercept points along the criminal justice continuum.
Stepping Up is a national collaboration designed to reduce the number of people with a mental illness in jail through appropriate treatment and prevention services.
The Oakland County Board of Commissioners (BOC) partnered with OCHN and local members of the criminal justice system in support of the nationally recognized Stepping Up Initiative. An Oakland County Stepping Up resolution in support of this effort was passed with a unanimous vote on January 20, 2016.
The Behavioral Health Justice Collaborative (BHJC), facilitated by OCHN, is a quarterly group that meets to share information on the justice initiatives at critical community sectors and OCHN. Community partners with a stake in justice outcomes for individuals with mental illness as well as the OCHN Providers attend the meeting.