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Integrating Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health Data: Checklist for Building and Maintaining a Data Warehouse

NCJ Number
301823
Date Published
July 2021
Length
10 pages
Agencies
BJA-Sponsored
Grant Number(s)
2019-MO-BX-K001
Annotation

Recognizing that criminal justice policymakers and practitioners often interact with other community service systems relevant to the needs of offenders, the current resource provides a checklist for developing and maintaining a “data warehouse” that houses information from multiple community service agencies and organizations.

Abstract

 “Data warehouses” are central repositories that house information from multiple sources, can consolidate individual-level and system-level data, and enable data tracking in identifying relationships and trends. Information obtained from a data warehouse can be a valuable resource for a partnership between criminal justice and behavioral health agencies. Such a data-informed partnership can assist in diverting people with mental illness or substance-use disorders from the justice system to mental health or drug treatment services. The checklist provided in this resource will assist agencies involved in the criminal justice-behavioral health partnership assess their current information technology (IT) infrastructure and guide the development of a cross=system data warehouse. The checklist is designed to be completed in three phases as communities develop their data warehouse. These phases are planning, development, and implementation/maintenance. Once each phase is completed, the interagency group overseeing the warehouse should assess progress and agree on next steps before moving to the next phase.

Date Created: August 17, 2021

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