In May 2008, stakeholders from localities across the Commonwealth gathered at the Governor’s Conference for Mental Health and Criminal Justice Transformation to acquire knowledge, skills, and resources needed to develop and implement community-based approaches to jail diversion and to prevent unnecessary involvement of persons with mental illness in the criminal justice system. Our Colonial Community Criminal Justice Board (CCCJB) was one of 10 statewide, chosen to participate in the Cross-Systems Mapping, a 2-day workshop that occurred on May 18 and 19, 2009.
The workshops enhanced practices and facilitated organizational change utilizing innovative and dynamic tools to map systems, identify gaps in service, and clarify community resources. The Action Plan/Map (S.I.-Map link below) developed at the workshop is driving our localities in developing and implementing plans for community change through cross-system collaboration. In May of 2012, local Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) stakeholders attended a Cross-Systems Mapping follow-up training event with representatives of the first 19 communities that held Cross Systems Mapping workshops in 2009 and 2010. There were a number of innovative presentations and workshops which explored policy developments, state and federal partnerships and resources, legislative changes, examples of successful and replicable programs and process implementation occurring in Virginia.
The goal of the training was to provide participants with new information and resources that stakeholder representatives could take back to their communities and which were designed to further facilitate improvements to local criminal justice and behavioral health systems. Additionally, the CCCJB, Law Enforcement Agencies and Colonial Behavioral Health (CBH) collaboratively are working with the Department of Criminal Justice Services regarding Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program planning CBH has received CIT Grants through the Department of Criminal Justice Services and the coordinator has been facilitating training for law enforcement personnel in the Colonial Region.
Numerous officers and deputies from James City County Police Department, the City of Williamsburg Police Department, York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, William and Mary Police Department, Colonial Williamsburg Security, the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail, and Poquoson Police Department have received the 40-hour CIT Training. Numerous training of emergency (9-1-1) dispatchers in this region have successfully completed their 8-hour course.