Sequential Intercept Mapping (SIM)

This unique workshop focuses on people with mental illness and co-occurring disorders involved with the criminal justice system and it is tailored to individual communities. It aims to:

  • Further delivery of appropriate services
  • Assist communities in identifying gaps in service, and to
  • Optimize use of local resources

This workshop is designed to tap into local expertise by bringing together key stakeholders to develop a “map” that illustrates how people with mental and substance use disorders come in contact with and flow through the local criminal justice system. This map identifies opportunities and resources for diverting people to treatment and indicates gaps in services. The SIM workshop is based on the Sequential Intercept Model developed through SAMHSA’s GAINS Center at Policy Research Associates (PRA).



  • GOBHI provides examples of successful systems integration, promising programs, and emergent collaborations from around the United States
  • Participants establish a local set of priorities for change


  • This addition to the SIM workshop is a guided exercise that enables communities to determine areas where immediate steps will affect a more cohesive, integrated approach to service delivery.



  • Facilitates cross-system communication and communication
  • Helps identify underused resources
  • Improves the early identification of people with co-occurring disorders who come into contact with the criminal justice system, increases effective service linkage, reduces the likelihood of people recycling through the criminal justice system, enhances community safety, and improves quality of life

Download the GOBHI SIM brochure

For more information on SIM, download the GAINS Center SIM brochure.

Oregon SIM Workshop Testimonials


"Thank you for leading
our community through this important process. While our community has done
great work and pushed ourselves to build a system that breaks down barriers
and build up supports, we still have work to do."
Tammy Baney
Deschutes County Commissioner

"Coos County owes a great big “thank you” to the Oregon Center on Behavioral Health and Justice Integration for their February 5, 2018, workshop on Sequential Mapping.  Their presenters, Carol Speed and Ari Wagner led us through a process of learning keys to success in integrating mental health and public safety efforts in dealing with the mentally ill, analyzing local gaps and opportunities, and finally establishing priorities for moving ahead with a local action plan.  Their expertise and leadership was evident throughout the workshop.  At the end of the day we walked away not only with a better understanding of the issues involved but more importantly an action plan.  It was hands down the best workshop I have ever attended."
John Sweet
Coos County Commissioner

SIM map general