Familiar Faces program

To learn more about the Familiar Faces Initiative, visit familiarfaces.naco.org.

Dane County has joined forces with a select group of local officials as the inaugural cohort of the National Association of Counties’ Familiar Faces Leadership Network, a group committed to improving life outcomes for high-needs residents with complex behavioral health conditions.

Launched in May by the National Association of Counties, the Familiar Faces Initiative: Improving Outcomes through Coordinated Health and Justice Systems works to support and empower communities to share data between health and justice systems and coordinate care options for individuals with complex health and behavioral health conditions who frequently cycle through jails, homeless shelters, emergency departments and other crisis services.

According to a news release, Dane County’s Criminal Justice Council has led the county in its efforts to improve the outcomes for these residents and joined the network to strengthen and expand Dane County’s ability to share cross-system data to identify familiar faces and align systems to improve outcomes for the highest need residents.

“Dane County has already built a robust data sharing infrastructure spanning most of our justice system partners. We are eager to learn strategies and best practices from other communities to help us leverage these resources to produce positive outcomes for those who, for a variety of reasons, find themselves in frequent contact with our justice or health care systems,” said Dane County Clerk of Courts Carlo Esqueda, Chair of the Dane County Criminal Justice Council, in the release.

As part of the Familiar Faces Leadership Network, Dane County will engage with fellow elected officials from across the country who are building similar efforts, which can include peer site visits to communities with model data-sharing practices, as well as technical assistance from advisory board members.

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