The process outlined in this guide can help overcome many of the deterrents to interagency collaboration-
If you want to become involved in developing or strengthening local interagency linkages, this guide will assist you. Its purpose is to assist in planning for, implementing, and sustaining interagency linkage teams through a series of steps:
Although the guide can be used by an agency or an individual desiring to take a leadership role in developing a local interagency team, a collaborative planning effort from the beginning would help ensure co-ownership of the linkage team. A series of questions to guide you through the plan-ning process accompanies each step.
Instant collaboration may bring instant gratification, but it is not likely to bring success. Instead, careful planning, combined with thoughtful involvement of people and places, is essential for the kind of . . . collaboration that leads to improved well-being for all [individuals at-risk].
As with most planning activities, it may not be feasible or desirable to follow the steps in a linear fashion. However, each step contains information that must be considered in the process of interagency linkage development. Appendices contain materials that can be copied and used as aids in the process. Appendix A contains an action plan form for use in developing a plan. Appendix B lists resources for further information. A third appendix describes what is happening in Ohio with the formation and implementation of local interagency linkage teams.