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Michele Hall
Boone County Commission Administrative Coordinator
Phone: (573) 886-4312

Commissioner Janet Thompson Accepted Into National Association of Counties' Familiar Faces Leadership Network

July 19, 2022 –Boone County Commissioner Janet Thompson is joining a select group of local officials from across the nation as the inaugural cohort of the National Association of Counties’ Familiar Faces Leadership Network for their commitment to improving life outcomes for high-needs residents with complex behavioral health conditions.

The Familiar Faces Initiative (FFI): Improving Outcomes through Coordinated Health and Justice Systems was launched in May of this year by the National Association of Counties 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.

Commissioner Thompson has led Boone County in efforts to improve life outcomes for residents who have become familiar faces to county services and providers. She has joined this Network to strengthen and expand Boone County’s ability to share cross-system data to identify familiar faces and align systems to improve outcomes for the highest-need residents.

As a participant of the Familiar Faces Leadership Network, Commissioner Thompson will engage with fellow elected officials from across the country who are building similar efforts in their jurisdictions. They will participate in peer site visits to communities with model data-sharing practices and receive technical assistance from FFI Advisory Board members.

Local leaders participating in this network represent jurisdictions ranging in size and geographic location from the City of Issaquah, Wash., which has a population of 38,000, to Contra Costa County, Calif., with a population of 1.2 million. To see a full list of local officials participating in the Leadership Network and find out more about the Familiar Faces Initiative, visit



Led by the National Association of Counties (NACo) and funded by Arnold Ventures, the Familiar Faces Initiative supports communities in building and share data and integrate care options between health and justice systems so they can intervene earlier, improve outcomes and reduce incarceration and hospitalization rates. Data-sharing allows communities to identify people who need help and connect them with the right services to address behavioral health needs and, ultimately, break the cycle of justice system involvement and hospital usage. For more information visit