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Goals and Objectives

​Criminal Justice Advisory Board Goals and Objectives (with Action Steps)

  • Development of a system-wide, evidence-based approach to sentencing, supervision and treatment
    • 1. Develop appropriate sanctions and strategies based on validated risk-needs assessments
        1. Pursue implementation of validated risk-needs assessment tools
          1. Utilize uniform Risk Screening Tool throughout County justice system
          2. Explore system-wide adoption of uniform needs assessment tool
          3. Define and Identify “High Risk” population based on assessment
        2. Develop a continuum of alternative sanctions for targeted offenders
          1. Identify key stakeholders to meet to define populations and create matrix of violations and sanctions.
          2. Review and validate supervision strategies for Moderate/ High Risk offenders based on identified criminogenic needs
          3. Develop implementation plan for pilot judicial model employing evidence-based practices
        3. Continue to support growth and expansion of treatment court programming including the Mental Health, Drug, DUI, and Veterans Courts.
    • 2. Expand and improve inmate’s access to Medical assistance in preparation for release from Berks County Jail.
        1. Explore options for greater access to Medical Assistance with the Department of Human Services and Berks County Assistance Office.
          1. Develop an expansion plan based on the “Jail Program” model for inmates being released to environments other than residential rehab facilities.
        2. Ensure that Medical Assistance is available immediately upon release to address physical health needs as well as mental health/substance abuse treatment needs. The Jail, Berks County Pretrial Services and TASC will work collaboratively with the County Assistance Office for this public insurance coverage on the 1st day after release to a parole status.
        3. Review and monitor changes to eligibility requirements under PA Medicaid expansion.
        4. Monitor the progress of the “Jail Pilot Program” implemented in 2013 for substance abusing population as well as success of expanded MA access to treatment upon leaving the jail.
  • Development of a systematic approach to reduce/respond to violent crime and drug-related crime.
    • 1. Develop cognitive and behavioral based programs/curriculum for incarcerated adults and juvenile offenders
        1. Utilize a tool to identify potential violent offenders
    • 2. Develop county-wide targeted enforcement programs to target high crime areas and violent offenders.
        1. Coordinate county/city/state officials to develop strategies and programs to carry out targeted enforcement.
    • 3. Implement data sharing initiatives to assist in the identification and enumeration of violent criminals, crime trends, and crime mapping.
        1. Create data sharing between police, probation and all criminal justice agencies
        2. Increase and educate public to prevent people from becoming crime victims
  • Increase juvenile programming in the areas of youth violence and truancy
    • 1. Increase CJAB awareness of ongoing initiatives to promote and support.
        1. Assist in collection and analysis of relevant data for both initiatives and help establish benchmarks
        2. Network with PCCD’s EPIS center to vet proposed programming for each initiative
  • Support the implementation and enhancement of criminal justice technology initiatives
    • 1. Elimination of duplicate data entry
        1. Implement Unified Case Management System (UCM) for APO, Jail, PD
    • 2. Implement communication technology that can increase business efficiency and collaboration between criminal justice agencies
        1. Implementation of Jail video visitation.
    • 3. Increased information security or information governance
        1. Pursue records and information management initiative for criminal justice agencies
    • 4. Data sharing initiatives to facilitate greater information access to criminal justice agencies as well as support agencies
        1. Implement a data warehouse to share criminal justice information and metrics. Create dashboards for key performance indicators for criminal justice outcome measures.
    • 5. Leverage the use of GIS and Land Records information to deploy human resources for APO, JPO, Law Enforcement
        1. Interface case management systems to GIS/911 Centerline information
    • 6. Explore the development of increasing technology in the courts and courtrooms
        1. Create a sub-committee to review development of increasing technology in the courts and courtrooms.
          1. Sound System
          2. Technology Courtroom
    • 7. Develop a Countywide plan for police operated body cameras.
        1. Create a countywide data bank for retention of data.
  • To reduce recidivism and jail overcrowding and increase public safety through the use of cost effective and efficient reentry initiatives.
    • 1. Utilize action steps outlined in the Reentry Strategic Plan to ensure that both short term and long range goals are prioritized.
        1. Convene Reentry Senior Team on a regular basis to ensure progress and collaboration on the meeting objectives.
        2. The Reentry Senior Team provides progress report to the Reentry Sub Committee on a regular basis.
    • 2. Ensure the use of evidence-based practices and interventions (as outlined in the Reentry Charter) across all departments and service providers.
        1. Convene Reentry Senior Team on a regular basis to ensure adherence to principles outlined in the Reentry Charter.
        2. The Reentry Senior Team provides progress report to the Reentry Sub Committee on a regular basis.
    • 3. Investigate bail reform options.
        1. Convene key stakeholders.
        2. Utilization of Risk Assessment tool in bail decisions.
  • Develop evidence based approaches including the Stepping Up initiative that respond to the prevention, intervention and treatment of mental health and substance abuse disorders.
    • 1. Develop and implement the use of Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT) as an approach in the treatment of drug addiction.
        1. Provide a conceptual framework of how MAT would be established in Berks County.
        2. Seek additional funding at State and/or federal level.
        3. Secure funding and contractual agreements for services.
        4. Evaluate results of pilot project
        5. Continue MAT services and/or modify approach.
    • 2. Expand the acceptance and usage of Naloxone as a county wide approach in the prevention of opioid deaths.
        1. Identify and contact places where Naloxone could be administered (Hospitals, Police, EMT’s)
        2. Expand the preventative use to non-traditional sites (i.e. schools, parents, shelters)
        3. Seek out necessary funding for above mentioned sites.
        4. Secure Funding
    • 3. Establish a 24/7 support for families during and following overdose emergency room hospital admissions
        1. Identify contractors to provide after-hours support services
        2. Develop operational procedure for after hour “on call” system for local hospitals
    • 4. Determine success of Mental Health Diversion Program and need for expansion.
        1. Track recidivism of individuals completing the Mental Health Diversion Program.
        2. Determine factors that increase likelihood of success.
        3. Explore/Secure funding to expand program (if needed)
    • 5. Explore alternative strategies and approaches for incarcerated individuals that suffer from MI.
        1. Investigate alternative strategies and services that are available for treatment in other secure facilities.
    • 6. Advance the six program objectives of the Stepping Up Initiative.
  • Utilize the Data Driven Justice Initiative to review and analyze the top consumers for each intercept and profile/model consumption across all systems.
    • 1. Gather the data necessary to access, quantify and articulate the service delivery and consumption of behavioral health, emergency medical services and criminal justice services in Berks.
        1. Create a map of data systems, data elements and stakeholders
        2. Create a data governance strategy.
        3. Create a data sharing framework.
        4. Identify a data sharing technology plan utilizing the Open Lattice platform.
    • 2. Identify measures of success for each component of emergency medical services, behavioral health and criminal justice.
        1. Implement top consumer reports for each system and cross system (de-identified).
        2. Create top consumer reports for each system (identified).
        3. Identify and expand the intercept mapping and map measures of success.
        4. Share success measures for each intercept.
        5. Document and track success by intercept.
    • 3. Identify the cost dimension of each component of emergency medical services, behavioral health and criminal justice services.
        1. Capture and share cost information for top consumers.
        2. Evaluate cost vs. success factors to identify areas for improvement.
    • 4. Implement dashboards for tracking diversions, retainers, and other key metrics.
        1. Create dashboards in Open Lattice.