Over the years, legal aid programs developed complex intake protocols and decision trees to help manage their crushing caseload. Initially, these screening tools were simply paper documents that intake staff could use. Then, as telephone hotlines developed, far more complicated decision trees were developed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of hotline attorneys. And today, many programs are creating on-line intake and triage systems that are integrated into their informational webpages and/or case management systems. Some examples include the Northwest Justice Project's CLEAR Online, Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO), Massachusetts Legal Resource Finder, Idaho Legal Aid, Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut, Pine Tree Legal Assistance of Maine and a broad array of online intake approaches. There are many additional projects underway with support from the Legal Services Corporation's TIG grants. Given the extremely dynamic nature of this field, an excellent resource to learn more about what is going on in the field is watch the LSNTAP hosted presentations on triage and LSNTAP hosted presentations about on-line intake, see the A2J Author Page on On-Line Intake, as well as presentations from conferences such as Equal Justice 2014 Online Intake and Triage Systems, What's New and What's Next.
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