Case Study: Johnson County, Kan.
Johnson County is a Familiar Faces Initiative (FFI) Peer-Learning Site that models effective cross-sector data sharing and familiar faces programming to divert residents with behavioral health conditions from jail to treatment. Johnson County has utilized a Justice Information Management System (JIMS) for decades to coordinate and analyze data on individuals involved in the criminal legal system across law enforcement, the county jail, the court system and community supervision. Johnson County formed a Justice Mental Health Workgroup in 2008 to explore opportunities for alternatives to incarceration for individuals with behavioral health conditions, when appropriate. The Justice Mental Health Workgroup oversees the coordination of services across the county to improve outcomes for familiar faces and other at-risk individuals.