Sequential Intercept Mapping

TDMHSAS is excited to offer Sequential Intercept Mapping workshops thanks to training and funding through a federal grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP).  The workshop helps the community develop a cross-systems map that identifies how people with mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorders come in contact with the local criminal justice system and flow through that system.  During the process of mapping, facilitators discuss best practices with the group and help to identify resources and gaps in service.  Finally, the group identifies priorities for change.

Attendees commonly include:

  • Criminal Justice System Professionals
  • Behavioral Health Professionals
  • Housing and Community Support Services
  • First Responders/Crisis Services
  • Peers and Family Members including local Peer-Run and Family-Run Organizations
  • Religious and Cultural Organizations and Local Foundations
  • Elected Officials

Following the workshop, SIM facilitators provide a report that summarizes information gathered before and during the workshop, describes local activity at each intercept and provides a full-color local cross-systems map, and provides recommendations made by the facilitators and other staff for systems change in the community.

Since December 2019, Tennessee facilitators have held SIM workshops in seven counties: Sumner, Putnam, Wilson, Sullivan, Hamilton, Jefferson, and Washington.  Several additional counties have expressed interest in holding a workshop and are in the planning process.

Learn more about sequential intercept model and mapping:
PRA INC - Sequential Intercept Model

SIM Workshop Photos

Images courtesy Sumner County Anti-Drug Coalition and Hamilton County Coalition

For More Information

If you or a loved one need a referral to substance abuse treatment services, please call or text the TN REDLINE: 800-889-9789

If you feel at any time that you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the Tennessee Statewide Crisis Line toll-free 24 hours, 7 days a week at 1-855-274-7471.

To learn more about this program, please contact:

Ben Yarbrough
Program Manager