WIT Court 2010 Q3

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Whatever It Takes Court Demographics


FY 09/10 Quarter 3 - Demographics

WIT Court predominantly serves the Adult population, with a small population of TAY (Transitional Age Youth) and Older Adults.

The numerical difference between the male and female population has remained consistent from the end of the 2nd to the end of the 3rd quarter of the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

WIT continues to serve a diverse population with the ability to provide services in a variety of languages (including English, Spanish, and Vietnamese) and services which cater to a variety of cultures. Cultural competency is frequently a topic of discussion among the staff for training purposes.

As a result of being released to the program from the custody of the judicial system, members are placed into one of the two WIT emergency shelters (one for males and one for females) upon entry into the program. At the appropriate time in their treatment, members are teamed up with the Housing Specialist to explore possible housing options to better suit their life, which leads members to options such as sober livings, being placed with family, or their own apartments. WIT strives for members to achieve independent living, which is part of the criteria for graduation from the program.

During the month of March, there were a total of 131 jail days accounted for by 13 members. This is a 24% decrease in the number of jail days in comparison to the end of the 2nd quarter for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. There was a 20% increase in the number of members who experienced incarcerations, however the tenure was for shorter periods. In March, two members experienced psychiatric hospital visits, totaling 17 days.

WIT has experienced a slight drop off in the number of members enrolled in schooling opportunities. Part of this is a result of transitioning some of our graduates out of the program to lower levels of care (some of whom were enrolled in school) and bringing in new members who have not started a path toward education. As they stabilize in their recovery, members will be able to work with the Vocational Specialist in order to explore schooling options.

WIT seeks to enable and empower members in their daily lives. Part of this comes through confidence in themselves which can be achieved by becoming an active and productive member of society. WIT has roughly half of its members involved in volunteering or some sort of employment. The number of members involved in competitive employment has doubled since the end of the 2nd quarter for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. The number of members volunteering has increased by 23%.

WIT continues to provide psychiatric services for its members. Members are scheduled appointments to meet with the psychiatrist as often as deemed necessary by the psychiatrist. The member and the psychiatrist are able to discuss the member's mental health, medications, and other aspects of mental illness which may be of use to the member. The psychiatrist is able to facilitate for the medical side of the member's recovery process.

As a result of the 89% of members who are dually diagnosed with a co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorder, WIT offers an integrated treatment program. In this program, members are entitled to the same psycho-social services as everyone else, focused in the direction of recovery, as well as substance abuse services, which include groups on relapse prevention or 12-step groups. They also have the ability to meet for one-on-one substance abuse counseling with licensed substance abuse counselors.