The primary goal of the combined project is to develop, test, and implement a standards-based offender information sharing capability between departments of correction and community service providers and government agencies who seek to reduce recidivism and victimization and who are tasked with providing support and supervision of adult offenders during reentry, with particular focus on offenders with mental health and substance abuse issues.
Each year, there are approximately 11.6 million jail encounters in the United States impacting over 10 million individuals. While incarcerated or under probation/parole supervision, the criminal justice system has an obligation to ensure the adequate medical care, substance abuse treatment, and mental health services of those individuals. The coordination of these services, both inside and outside a criminal justice setting, requires access to information regarding the individual’s assessment, programming, and mental health and substance abuse treatment history while incarcerated. Maintaining the continuity of care is essential in order to treat the underlying causes of criminal behavior and reinvest criminal justice costs into more effective strategies to prevent future recidivism. Improving continuity of care through a cross-business domain information sharing approach will; improve individual health, enable more efficient use of services through informed placements, reduce criminal activity and improve public safety while satisfying the legal, privacy, and confidentiality requirements that are inherent to sharing this type of protected information.