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FSS has a basic belief that disciplined communication and collaboration among county (or state) entities is essential in addressing the forensic population. We believe sustained and measurable progress will take place only when agencies having a regular working effort that is inclusive and supportive of on-going projects and training.

FSS staff provides Assistance to counties that are aimed at creating an efficient and effective “Intercept Zero” program.  This program assists in preventing individuals with behavioral health challenges from becoming involved with the criminal justice system or experiencing costly hospitalizations.  The goal of Intercept Zero is to align systems and services and connect individuals in need with treatment before a behavioral health crisis begins or at the earliest possible stage of system interaction.” (Policy Research Associates Intercept Zero Infographic, 2016)   Key components to the “Intercept Zero” include Community Services and Supports which can include Crisis Intervention Services, Behavioral Health Treatment, Social Services, Healthcare Services, Prevention Strategies, and Regulatory Practices.  

FSS has a proven track record in developing statewide, county or regional Forensic Interagency Task Forces to create a collaborative One System approach.  The Forensic Inter-Agency Task Force provides a system wide forum for representatives of the mental health, substance abuse, criminal justice, social service, and advocacy systems to address the needs of persons with severe mental illness and often co-occurring disorders involved in the criminal justice system.

With the use of Forensic System Process Mapping (FSPM) FSS can analyze the county criminal justice and behavioral health interface and assist the county in designing a more efficient, effective and equitable system.  The FSPM describes how a person transits between each intercept.  In general terms the FSPM defines the mission of each agency and identifies what’s needed for achieving that mission.  It outlines the process used to achieve the mission and describes the steps used in the process.  It explains the order of the steps, the activities of the steps and the personnel, information, and equipment needed to complete each step.  

Developing joint trainings with Police, Sherriff’s Departments, 911 operators, Probation, forensic case managers as well as school or hospital security personnel helps to foster better communications and problem solving within the law enforcement community.                
FSS staff experience in leading collaborative cross-system innovative programs to improve the administration of justice for individuals with a serious mental illness dates to the 1990’s.  FSS can assist in creating a Specialty Court such as Mental Health,  Drug, or Veterans Courts.