Intercept 4: Re-Entry From Jails, State Prisons and Forensic Hospitalization
Criminal Justice and Mental Health Re-Entry Partnership
- Bridging the gaps of the 2 systems (CJ & MH) by consistently interfacing at the table to discuss the clients we all have in common
- Taking advantage of being a smaller county
- Two Groups Work on Discharge Plans:
- Aftercare MH Team at the Erie County Prison and the Community MH Treatment Team
- At minimum, each team works to:
- Coordinate services
- Verify client’s case is open or closed, if served by another provider
- Verify level of care needed, and Discuss needs/risks
Sheila Silman, M.S. at email@example.com or (814) 528-0601
Forensic Advocacy Collaboration Team
- FACT was initiated by Northampton County Mental Health in February of 2011. The team is comprised of the:
- mental health supervisor and forensic adult transition worker
- Northampton county Certified Peer Specialist
- Deputy Warden of the Northampton County Jail
- corrections caseworker from the jail
- three members of the jail treatment team
- officer from pretrial services
- adult probation supervisor
- the director of the Northampton County Intake Referral Emergency Services Unit
- The team meets biweekly to review and discuss individuals with serious mental health histories and either an upcoming or recent release from incarceration. The primary focus of the team is to determine the needs of each individual (e.g. housing, VA services, outpatient referrals, etc.). Once an individual’s needs have been identified, the FACT team works to coordinate the necessary services. One member of the FACT team is tasked with the “lead worker” role for each client, and is then responsible for following through with treatment/needs coordination for that individual.
- On average, the FACT team reviews approximately seven cases per meeting. The goal of the team is to prevent incarceration and/or hasten release of individuals by providing solid treatment and support planning. In the first year of FACT team operation, 78% of the clients served avoided re-incarceration. Inmates who are involved with the county Forensic Advocacy Collaboration Team (FACT) typically receive 14 – 30 days of medication when leaving the jail.
For more information, please contact Michael Gorzelic; MGorzelic@northamptoncounty.org
Forensic Services Program
- A Penndel Mental Health Center program designed for people with a severe and persistent mental illness involved in the criminal justice system.
- The clients must have six months remaining on their sentence, a severe and persistent Axis I diagnosis, and undergo a thorough assessment prior to acceptance.
- Staff receives referrals from the Bucks County Correctional Facility regarding incarcerated offenders, as well as from Adult Probation/Parole regarding individuals already in the community.
- The team is made up of Master’s level clinicians who provide individual therapy and needed case management services, including psychiatry, and close collaboration with the criminal justice system.
Justice Related Support Services
- In-reach into state prison in advance of discharge- Develop a relationship
- Meets released person at the bus station
- Arranges for temporary housing, bus passes, appointments for aftercare
- Takes person shopping for $200 worth of clothing and toiletries
- 2005 Winner of the Innovation in American Government Award: A program of the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation
Medication Management for Jail Discharge
Streamlined psychiatric appointments are made available for individuals being discharged from the Bucks county correctional facility with prescriptions and no way of filling them.
- Case Manager establishes the consumer has no way of filling the prescription through normal channels.
- Case Manager completes a Medical Assistance application for the consumer then calls the Crisis Center at Lower Bucks for a psychiatric appointment
- An appointment is made for the client to see the psychiatrist prior to running out of medications
- At the time of the appointment, a psychiatric intake is completed for outpatient services and the consumer sees the psychiatrist for a psychiatric evaluation and medication management
Dawn Seader, Deputy Administrator Mental Health Services, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pike County Correctional Facility Programs
The Pike County Correctional Facility employs three full-time treatment counselors who oversee several recidivism reduction programs.
- H.O.P.E. Program (Helping Offenders Promote Excellence)
- Provides a minimum of 33 hours of programming a week to eligible female inmates
- Voluntary program designed to help inmates address issues of criminality, addiction, self-awareness, and emotional well-being
- A.R.R.O.W. Program (Actively Reducing Recidivism Opens Windows)
- Offers qualified male Pike County offender’s intensive rehabilitative programming.
- Minimum of 660 hours of programing to approximately 128 participants a year
- Vocational Training, Positive Life Skills, Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation and Spiritual Development.
- Upon successful completion, eligible offenders may graduate to the C.O.R.E. Program
- C.O.R.E. Program (Correctional Offenders Reintegrating Effectively)
- Continuation of rehabilitative efforts through reinforcement of solid work ethic and by learning new skills through community service.
- M.O.R.E. Program (Motivating Offenders to Reintegrate Effectively)
- Available to all male offenders interested in making positive changes in their life.
- Designed to provide incarcerated male inmates the opportunity to develop new skills and coping strategies in an effort to promote post incarceration success and community integration.
- 12 week program
Pike County is more than happy to extend invitations to counties who would like to tour the facility and speak to the Warden regarding recidivism programming. Please contact Mary Keller (email@example.com
) for more information or to arrange a visit.
Erica Zaleck, Treatment Counselor, 570-775-5500, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Keller, Treatment Counselor, 570-775-5500, email@example.com
Terry Mooney, Treatment Counselor, 570-775-5500, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-Release Center (PRC)
- A residential community corrections program for sentenced male and female offenders which houses 105 male beds and 32 female beds in a minimum-security setting.
- The program is a restrictive intermediate punishment program that provides work training, life skills and substance abuse services. While housed at the facility, residents participate in AA/NA meetings, drug and alcohol groups, GED studies, religious programs, cognitive restructuring groups, a fathering program and a parenting program.
Prisoner Re-entry Model
Persons with a sentence of 3 months or longer in Butler County Prison are given the opportunity to participate in a re-entry program designed to provide continuity of care from prison to community to support the highest likelihood of success after release.
Participants work with counselors and a specialized re-entry probation officer in the prison to develop a re-entry plan based on individualized needs.
Participants will attend group meetings related to life skills and substance abuse during their prison sentence.
Program participants will progress through four stages of re-entry preparation, accruing responsibilities and privileges as they move from one stage to the next.
Participants who successfully complete the program will have obtained a driver’s license or state-ID, community service experience, connections to external treatment programs, an AA sponsor, safe and suitable housing, a bank account, and employment or materials with which to obtain employment (i.e. resume, cover letter and social security card) before they are released.
Post-release, the re-entry probation officer will provide intensive monitoring for 60 days. The probation officer will assist in overcoming barriers to housing, employment and other issues.
Warden Richard Schaffer at RShaffer@co.butler.pa.us, Criminal Justice Planner
Marty Fleischer at CFleisch@co.butler.pa.us
Jeffrey Bailey at JBailey@co.butler.pa.us
Program information contained on this website indicates the most accurate listing of ongoing programs within each county, according to the most recent information available to the Center of Excellence. The listing of a specific program here does not constitute an endorsement of the program by the Center of Excellence, nor indicate that this program conforms to an acceptable standard of quality.