Assessing county-level behavioral health and justice systems with the SIMPLE scorecard (1.5 CEs)

Date: May 13, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Virtual event
Category: Seminar

This webinar will describe the Sequential Intercept Model Practices, Leadership, and Expertise (SIMPLE) Scorecards development, significant findings, and potential to direct county-level strategic planning to improve behavioral health and justice systems.


Sequential Intercept ModelThe Sequential Intercept Model has been widely used to identify and conceptualize interventions for people with serious mental illness in the criminal legal system. Researchers at Wayne State University School of Social Work’s Center for Behavioral Health and Justice designed the SIMPLE scorecard to assess behavioral health and legal policies/practices and to compare county systems over time. Improvements in pre-booking SIMPLE score points showed a reduction in the prevalence of serious mental illness among those booking into county jails. SIMPLE scores showed a significant positive correlation with connections to jail-based treatment. Median household income also significantly predicted prevalence of serious mental illness in jails. There is no silver-bullet program; a combination of innovative behavioral health practices, policies, and cultural factors across a county legal system may have synergistic effects that impact broader system indicators.

Presenters include:

  • Brad Ray, Ph.D., Director - Center for Behavioral Health and Justice, Associate Professor - School of Social Work
  • Erin Comartin, Ph.D., LMSW, Data Director - Center for Behavioral Health and Justice, Associate Professor - School of Social Work
  • Leonard Swanson, LLMSW, Project Coordinator - Center for Behavioral Health and Justice
  • Steven Mays, Diversion Administrator - Mental Health Diversion Council, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

1.5 CEs will be available for free for social workers.

Learn more about the SIMPLE scorecard. 

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