Improving and Refining JIMH Program Models

According to a recent article in USA Today, people who have a mental illness are 16 times more likely than others to be killed by police. Police departments and policy makers are exploring strategies to break this trend, including training in
de-escalation techniques.

At Telecare, however, we believe that effective treatment is the best approach. Our hope and goal is to prevent crises and avert tragedies before they ever begin.

How are we doing this? We're constantly implementing new approaches to improve our ability to help clients with serious mental illness address their criminogenic needs to live more stably and successfully in the community. 


Two tools we’re starting to use are Risk Needs Responsivity (RNR) and Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT).

  • RNR is a model that programs can use to properly identify the people who are at highest risk for going back to jail or re-offending.
  • MRT is a cognitive-behavioral counseling program that combines education, group and individual counseling, and structured exercises designed to foster moral development.

Why Do They Matter?

Regional Director of Telecare's Central Coast and CORE LA program

Regional Director of Telecare's Central Coast and CORE LA program

"Those tools are extremely important for people who are in justice-involved mental health programs to transition into lower levels of care," said Cheryl Malinowski, Regional Director over Telecare's Central Coast and CORE LA program. "Increasing that awareness and knowledge, and having the expertise to help with the people out of incarceration is how our programs can ensure that they are setting up their clients for success."

"That's really our goal," said Gary Hubbard, Vice President of Operations of Southern California and Arizona. "We truly want our clients to be able to live successfully on their own in their community and make sure they have what they need to create a better life for themselves."

Gary Hubbard, VP Operations of Southern California and Arizona

Gary Hubbard, VP Operations of Southern California and Arizona

What's Next?

We're researching and testing an array of targeted risk assessments to help us quickly identify people with the greatest risk and the greatest need.

"By developing an assessment for people who are at the highest risk for reoffending or going back to jail, we begin to understand the criminogenic needs that are getting in the way of them being able to stabilize in the community. Once we figure that out, we can focus our treatment and services around those specific needs," Gary said.

Learn More

Telecare currently has 13 justice involved mental health (JIMH) and seven court-ordered care programs. 

Our programs are working to address all seven criminogenic needs using a variety of interventions and approaches. The most notable right now include: trauma-informed care, Thinking For A Change, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CTB). We have found that including our own RCCS with these interventions can give clients the specialized help they need to lower the likelihood of re-offending or being involved in police altercations. 

Click on the links below to read about two JIMH success stories.