Behavioral Health Subcommittee 


The Behavioral Health Subcommittee was created by the Criminal Justice Council in May of 2019. The subcommittee focuses on the intersection of behavioral health conditions and the criminal justice system in Dane County. By using evidence-based, innovative, and collaborative policy and program solutions, the subcommittee works to:

  1. defer and deflect individuals with behavioral health challenges from the criminal justice system;
  2. improve individual- and system-level services for those in the target population at each point of the criminal justice system; and
  3. support individuals returning to the community to reduce recidivism and establish greater opportunities for improving public safety and public health outcomes for people with mental and behavioral health disorders.

The subcommittee uses the Sequential Intercept Model to focus on a different part of the criminal justice system and process each quarter. Quarter one focuses on community and law enforcement interventions (intercepts 0 and 1). Quarter two focuses on initial detention and initial court hearings (intercept 2). Quarter three focuses on the jail and court process (intercept 3). Quarter four focuses on re-entry and community corrections (intercepts 4 and 5). Throughout the process, the Behavioral Health subcommittee invites those with subject matter expertise and/or lived experience to contribute to the discussion.

Behavioral Health Subcommittee Members

The subcommittee is comprised of 11 members:

  1. The Sheriff, or designee
  2. The City of Madison Chief of Police, or designee
  3. Chiefs of Police Association designee
  4. The Director of the Department of Human Services, or designee
  5. The Director of Public Safety Communications (911), or designee
  6. The Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Dane County, or designee
  7. The District Attorney, or designee
  8. The Public Defender, or designee
  9. The Presiding Judge of Dane County Circuit Court, or designee
  10. Department of Corrections designee
  11. The Director of Corporation Counsel, or designee 


Behavioral Health Initiatives and Reports


Sequential Intercept Mapping  (SIM) Report, created by Policy Research, Inc.  

       This video and this presentation contain further information about the SIM report.

Investigating Solutions to Racial Disparities and Mental Health Challenges in the Dane County Jail and throughout Dane County’s Criminal Justice System

Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice: The Sequential Intercept Model


List of Dane County CJC Behavioral Health Subcommittee Meetings


Date Agenda Minutes
July 18, 2019 Agenda Minutes
August 16, 2019 Agenda Minutes
September 17, 2019 Agenda


October 23, 2019 Agenda Minutes
November 15, 2019 Agenda Minutes