NCHATS Advanced and Emerging Collaborating Scholars Opportunity

The NIMH-funded National Center for Health and Justice Integration for Suicide Prevention (NCHATS) is soliciting applications from Advanced Collaborating and Emerging Scholars to capitalize on Center resources to enhance and/or extend their research program and that of the Center.

We are seeking:

  • Advanced Scholars who have a track record in a complementary field who could offer new perspectives and methods to advance suicide prevention at criminal legal intercepts and who could benefit from Center resources in advancing their scholarship in areas of high priority to the Center
  • Emerging Scholars who are seeking to build off of their early career achievements in areas complementary to NCHATS aims and/or pivot their research program into new directions focused on suicide prevention at the intersection of the criminal legal and healthcare systems

In order to:

  • Foster new collaborations and partnerships that support development of research and research programs that are consistent with NCHATS aims (see below)
  • Leverage Center resources to advance both Emerging and Advanced Scholarship in suicide prevention
  • Propose/lead secondary analyses of Center research projects for collaborative publications and applications for relevant new grants

Opportunities exist to:

  • Obtain career development and research support, including primary and secondary mentorship from NCHATS Faculty as needed
  • Consult with and learn from Methods Core Workstream Groups (Workstreams)
  • Participate in training workshops for Center Pilot Feasibility Projects
  • Attend Center webinars
  • Participate in quarterly Consortium Board meetings
  • Meet with desired Consortium Board Partners, as needed
  • Access all other Center resources and training opportunities

The Center: (1) uses contact with the criminal legal system (e.g., 911 call, police contact, arrest; see Sequential Intercept Model) as an indicator of suicide risk in the general population; (2) demonstrates how big data systems that efficiently track criminal legal involvement can be linked to health system records and scaled to identify individuals at risk for suicide and connect them to care; and (3) examines effectiveness and scalability of suicide prevention approaches using these methods.

Topics of particular interest to Center stakeholders include trauma, identification of prior suicide attempt history, co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, staffing shortages and innovative solutions to address time constraints, and stigma. Scholars whose interest span a wide range of other relevant topics will also be considered. The application must demonstrate how the proposed project fits within the scope of the overall Center.

Application Information:

  • To apply, please submit a CV and letter of interest outlining your scholarly goals, how they align with NCHATS aims, and how you will leverage NCHATS resources to support these goals
  • Due Date: December 1, 2023
  • Please submit via email to:
  • Early January 2024: Programmatic review
  • Late January 2024: Notification of acceptance


  • The call is open to investigators from any U.S. institution that is eligible to receive NIH funding (e.g., universities, health and justice systems, stakeholder partners).
  • Scholars should propose to take advantage of Center infrastructure (e.g., Methods Core expertise, data, partners) in some way (see

Although formal participation as an NCHATS Scholar will be offered for a period of 2 years in duration, we emphasize the larger aim of supporting establishment of sustained collaborations over time and beyond the formal participation period. A $3500 annual stipend will be made available to Scholars to support relevant research and training activities (e.g., travel to visit an NCHATS site or Workstream group, conference attendance, didactic seminar fees, open access publishing fees, book purchases).

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The Sequential Intercept Model

sequential intercept model -  see desciption below

The Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) brings different agencies and systems together to identify strategies to divert people with mental health

The SIM helps communities identify resources and gaps in services at each intercept and develop local strategic action plans. The SIM mapping process brings together leaders and different agencies and systems to work together to identify strategies to divert people with mental and substance use disorders away from the justice system into treatment.

A SIM mapping workshop is available through SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for communities to:

  • Plot resources and gaps across the SIM.
  • Identify local behavioral health services to support diversion from the justice system.
  • Introduce community system leaders and staff to evidence-based practices and emerging best practices related to each intercept.
  • Enhance relationships across systems and agencies.
  • Create a customized, local map and action plan to address identified gaps.

Intercept 0: Community Services

  • Involves opportunities to divert people into local crisis care services. Resources are available without requiring people in crisis to call 911, but sometimes 911 and law enforcement are the only resources available. Connects people with treatment or services instead of arresting or charging them with a crime.

Intercept 1: Law Enforcement

  • Involves diversion performed by law enforcement and other emergency service providers who respond to people with mental and substance use disorders. Allows people to be diverted to treatment instead of being arrested or booked into jail.

Intercept 2: Initial Court Hearings/Initial Detention

  • Involves diversion to community-based treatment by jail clinicians, social workers, or court officials during jail intake, booking, or initial hearing.

Intercept 3: Jails/Courts

  • Involves diversion to community-based services through jail or court processes and programs after a person has been booked into jail. Includes services that prevent the worsening of a person’s illness during their stay in jail or prison.

Intercept 4: ReEntry

  • Involves supported reentry back into the community after jail or prison to reduce further justice involve of people with mental and substance use disorders. Involves reentry coordinators, peer support staff, or community in-reach to link people with proper mental health and substance use treatment services.

Intercept 5: Community Corrections

  • Involves community-based criminal justice supervision with added supports for people with mental and substance use disorders to prevent violations or offenses that may result in another jail or prison stay.