Harris County Sequential Intercept Model

Intercept 2

Initial Detention/Court Hearings

Medical and Behavioral Health Screenings

Assessing the health-related needs of each individual

All jail booking officers in the State of Texas must question each incoming individual about their mental health history and if they have ever considered suicide. Additionally, nurses will also assess their physical/mental health, substance use disorders, detox and so on to better understand the individuals needs and concerns. Throughout this process, the individual’s electronic medical records will be reviewed and analyzed by the booking staff.

The Special Needs Form (previous "orange form") is intended to provide the defense attorney, prosecutor, and court staff with additional information regarding mental health. This allows criminal justice system to better understand the needs of each individual in the legal process.