The SIM report and map are meant to be “living documents,” able to be revisited and updated by each community regularly. After receiving the final copy of your SIM report and map, continue to flesh out the action planning charts, including:
- Filling in any missing information and including relevant stakeholders within each objective/action step
- Confirming and updating timelines for each action step. It is important that leaders set timelines in order to ensure efforts move forward. These timelines should be revisited to analyze what factors may be serving as barriers to progress in order to leverage positional power or collaboration to overcome those barriers.
Build on the collaboration present at the SIM
Expand your network of stakeholders
There is a need for ongoing dialogue, joint planning, and increasing awareness regarding system resources. Reach out to any relevant stakeholders who may not have been present during the SIM workshop to include them in future planning.
Engage support from local officials
Implementation of initiatives to increase diversion opportunities will require involvement of a broad group of stakeholders with sufficient authority to impact state-, county-, and municipal-level change. Designate an individual on your task force to serve as a State Liaison or invite state office personnel to local meetings so the local concerns on key issues can be addressed at the highest levels.
Integrate individuals with mental illness (peers), those who have been formerly incarcerated, victim advocates and family members, etc. into ongoing and future efforts
Develop or amend a mission statement, vision statement, and guiding principles for the group
Members should meet regularly (monthly or quarterly) to review data and propose adjustments to the strategies as needed. Consider creating subcommittees to address specific action plans that were developed during the SIM workshop.
Maintain Your Relationship with PRA
Share your progress with us! PRA is always interested in hearing and publicizing how the SIM has made an impact on local criminal justice and behavioral health work.
PRA supports communities whenever possible. Many communities have contracted with PRA to receive a SIM workshop “update,” a deeper dive into one or more Intercepts, or other formal follow-up technical assistance. For more information on any of our services, please call (518) 439-7415 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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