Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Ameliorating the Revolving Door of the Mental Health Crisis and the Criminal Justice System: A Grant Proposal
by Meadows, Christina J., M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2019, 66; 13812712
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this project was to locate a potential funding source and write a grant to fund a pilot program for an integrated, person-centered approach to treatment and rehabilitation of individuals incarcerated and diagnosed with a mental illness with or without a co-occurring substance use disorder (SUD).

Of the 2,162,400 inmates nationally, more than 350,000 of them have a diagnosis of a serious mental illness (SMI). Additionally, more than 70% of individuals incarcerated with mental illness also have a SUD. Mental illness alone and co-occurring SUDs significantly increase the likelihood of recidivism. The Offender, Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Stability (ORRS) pilot program will be offered in the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) in Norco. As of June 2017, the CRC had over 1,000 inmates with a mental illness. Rosenberg Foundation will be the appropriate funding source as they aim to end over-incarceration and ameliorate the impacts of the faulty criminal justice system on communities while focusing on reducing recidivism.

The overarching goal of ORRS is to decrease recidivism among individuals experiencing mental illness by applying four objectives: providing an integrated approach to client care; utilize a person-centered approach and evidenced based practices to treatment; provide in-reach services and treatments that will address the client’s mental health, SUD, and criminogenic needs; and provide a continuum of case management post-release.

If funded, this program will impact the social work field by fighting a grave social injustice occurring in the criminal justice system. Subsequently, it will have a positive fiscal impact on the state, an optimistic and safer impact in the community, and will essentially provide hope to a population that has more than likely suffered more than should have been permitted.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Brocato, Jo
Commitee: Campbell, Venetta, Lam, Brian
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work, School of
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/1(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Mental health, Social work, Criminology
Keywords: Co-occurring disorders, Criminal justice, Grant program, Incarceration, Mental illness, Recidivism
Publication Number: 13812712
ISBN: 9781085567725
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