WIT Court 2010 Q2

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Whatever It Takes Court Demographics


FY 09/10 Quarter 2 - Demographics

WIT Court services the Adult population, which includes Transitional Age Youths and Older Adults.

The program data has not shown any significant differences in terms of Gender.

With the diverse population of members, the program is able to serve many different ethnicities and to address the cultural needs of those members. The ability to provide psychosocial rehabilitative services to various cultures stems from the diverse staff employed at WIT Court. Mental Health Association (MHA prides itself on the cultural competency and make-up of its staff from; American Sign, Korean, Vietnamese, Arabic, Spanish, German, Farsi, Chinese, Swahili, and English. On a monthly basis cultural competency is a topic of discussion at staff meetings to encompass a more complete strength based assessment of members and to give members choices in their recovery.

WIT Court has three master-leased houses: two are emergency shelters and one is a transitional shelter. Members are placed into one of the emergency shelters upon arrival. As members become stable in their recovery they are able to move onto more permanent housing options. Members work with a housing specialist on locating the superlative housing option to encompass the best placement possible to facilitate recovery. When a member shows their ability to live independently, by taking care of their own needs without the supervision of a house manager, they often move to independent living.

WIT Court focuses on reintegration in society by providing a full spectrum of recovery based services including individual therapy, family therapy, health groups, therapy groups, and psycho-educational groups. Through these services members learn how to recognize and manage their mental illness symptoms to prevent hospitalizations. The jail days for 11 people range from one to 30 days, with one consumer experiencing two incarcerations for the month. There was a total of 173 jail days for the program which is a 35% decrease from the end of the second quarter. The number of consumers who experienced incarcerations also decreased by 56% from the end of the first quarter. During the month of December, no consumers were in psychiatric hospitals.

The WIT Court program encourages members to meet the mandates of their probation and increase their productive use of time in the community. Members are encouraged to participate in school and other educational activities to increase recovery and reintegration. Personal Service Coordinators, as well as the Vocational Specialist are in place to assist them in enrolling in schooling options, as is appropriate for their individual recovery process and subsequent reintegration into society.

The primary goal of the WIT Court Program is to encourage and empower members to take control of their own recovery and learn how to manage their symptoms so they are able to reintegrate into society. For some of these members going back to work is part of their recovery plan. The Vocational Specialist assists members with finding job openings, helping them with applications, and preparing them for the interview process.

The goal of the program is to facilitate recovery for the consumers, which is aided through the appropriate psychiatric services. Members have an extensive psychiatric evaluation upon entry into the program. They are then scheduled to see the psychiatrist a minimum of once a month so the member can discuss symptoms, health concerns, and medication side effects with the psychiatrist. Members also have the option to learn more about their mental illness by taking psycho-educational groups such as "What Is Mental Illness?," "Living With Bipolar Disorder," and "Managing Depression and Anxiety."

Due to the fact that 89% of the members have a co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorder, the WIT Program offers an option for integrated treatment. Integrated treatment was very difficult to find before the development of the WIT program. At WIT, dually diagnosed members partake in the recovery process by attending relapse prevention groups, 12-step groups, and substance abuse counseling.