How can we do a better job serving mentally ill offenders? How do we keep people out of jails and hospitals and help them become healthier, more stable, and stay successful in the community?
As a mental health provider, Telecare has delivered services to people with SMI and criminal justice backgrounds for years, and if there is one thing we know, it's this: there is always room to improve.
We were thrilled to hear that California's approved FY14-15 budget included significant resources to improve services and supports for mentally ill offenders — with the overall goal of making an impact on recidivism.
Telecare has operated 20 programs that offer specialized services for mentally ill offenders. This month, in Criminal Justice Re-Entry Lessons Learned, we share some of our insights on forensic re-entry services.