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Transitioning Forensic Clients Back into the Community. This presentation will address some common problems facing clients who come from the criminal justice system into mental health housing.

Transitioning Forensic Clients Back into the Community. This presentation will address some common problems facing clients who come from the criminal justice system into mental health housing.

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  • Parole must approve all visitors No visitors within 1 st 30 days
  • Suzette comes in here and discusses the common barriers to success in the CR setting, and the social work perspective
  • Advocacy with a star means we advocate for the client up to a point, and what is within reason for the client’s needs. Advocacy does not mean hindering the performance of the other service providers, namely the parole officer.

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  • So I’m out of prison… Now what? Transitioning Forensic Clients Back into the Community ACLAIMH Conference November 3, 2010 Olga Brito, LMSW, Maria Nicolai, MA, Carmen DeJesus, CASAC and Suzette Sclafani, LMSW
  • Agency Mission:
    • To change lives, by offering health, hope and opportunity to the most vulnerable in our community.
    • We offer a comprehensive range of evidenced-based rehabilitative services including mental health and substance abuse treatment, housing, vocational training, job placement, healthcare, education, and creative arts therapies.
  • The Bridge Outpatient Programs
    • Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS)
    • Clinic Services
    • Vocational Services
    • OASAS Program
  • Overview of Residential Programs
    • Supervised Community Residence (Super CR)
    • Apartment Treatment
    • Community Residence/Single Room Occupancy (CR/SRO)
    • Community Care/Supported Housing, a.k.a. “Permanent” or “Graduate”
      • Multiple Scatter-Site and Congregate Programs in Manhattan & The Bronx
      • Sheridan Hill House, Iyana House
  • Iyana House: Program Characteristics
    • Permanent Supported Housing
    • 16 Studio Apartments
    • Gender Specific
    • 24/7 Staffed residence
      • F/T Case Manager
      • F/T Peer Counselor
      • P/T Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Iyana House: Program Goals
    • Permanency
    • Parole Completion
    • Reduction of Recidivism
    • Community Reintegration
    • Family Reunification
  • What is the selection process?
  • Inreach
    • Pre-release Group
    • Referral from CUCS RCS (Reentry Coordination System)
    • Interview Process
    • Acceptance
    • Individualized Pre-Release Counseling
  • The First 30 Days: Engagement Services
    • Pickup
    • First visit to Parole
    • “ Bonding” Period
    • Coordinating Medical and Psychiatric Services
    • Benefits Counseling
    • Visitor’s Policy
  • Unique Challenges for this Population
    • Identifying and de-programming prison culture
    • Breaking other maladaptive habits
    • Over- or mis-medicated, undiagnosed medical issues
    • Staff training (SPECTRM, Harm Reduction)
    • Boundaries and limit-setting
    • Transitioning clients to more independent housing
  • Obstacles to Recovery
    • Substance abuse/addiction
    • Medication and treatment noncompliance
    • Limited resources, finances
    • Unrealistic vocational goals
    • Unrealistic expectations around family reunification
    • Boredom
  • What we have learned…
  • How we have adapted our services to this population
    • Integrating the Parole Officer into the treatment team
    • Foster a collaborative as opposed to adversarial relationship between consumer and Parole Officer
    • Fostering Personal Responsibility
    • Advocacy*
  • Parole Release Preparation
    • Case Planning
    • Rehearsing for release
    • Conferencing with treatment team and family members
    • Assertiveness Training/Empowerment
  • Contact:
    • The Bridge
    • 248 West 108 th Street
    • New York, NY 10025
    • (212) 663-3000
    • [email_address]