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Whatever It Takes Court Demographics
FY 09/10 Quarter 4 - Demographics
This graph examines the member statistics regarding admission, discharge, and number of members served. By adding the number of admissions (18) to the number of members at the beginning of the reporting period (99), we obtain the total number of members served (117). By taking the difference (-2) between the number of admissions (18) to the number of discharges (20), and adding it to the number of members at the beginning of the period (99), we get the total number of members at the end of the reporting period (97).
The majority of the WIT Court population falls within the Adult age range (26-59), with a small population of Transition Age Youths (TAYs 18-25) and Older Adults (60+). WIT Court's only age requirement is that a member must be at least 18 years of age. Currently, WIT serves members from 20 years of age to 63 years of age.
Throughout the 2009-2010 fiscal year, the number of females in the program has consistently remained slightly higher than the number of males. There are 17% more female then male members enrolled in the program at the end of the reporting period.
While the majority of the WIT population is currently English speaking, we do possess the ability to serve other populations and languages such as Vietnamese, Spanish and Farsi. Our Personal Service Coordinators (PSCs) are able to cater to different cultures and languages as the need arises within the program. The WIT program is dedicated to providing culturally-centered services with the understanding that recovery takes place in a cultural context.
As part of the reclassification of "Living Arrangements," member's living situations now fall under four categories: Emergency, Transitional, Permanent, and Other. Emergency, Transitional, and Permanent placements are based on the needs and the situation of each member. The "Other" category encompasses members who are incarcerated, hospitalized, homeless, or whose whereabouts are unknown. The WIT Housing Specialist assists members in their search for housing as tailored to their own individual situation, goals, and needs.
During the month of June, there were 70 jail days accounted for by 7 different members, none of whom experienced a repeat episode. This is a 46% decrease in the number of jail days from the end of the 3rd quarter of the 2009-2010 fiscal year. On average, each member spent 10 days in jail, however one member was incarcerated for 30 days, which slightly ups the average for the other six members. There were 2,804 total member days in the month of June with only 70 of them being incarceration days, representing 2.5% of the days in the month. Much of this success in keeping members out of jail is due to a continued engagement between the Personal Service Coordinators (PSCs) and the members, who actively work together toward recovery goals.
In the month of June, only three members were hospitalized: one for psychiatric reasons and two for medical reasons. None of the three members had repeat episodes and these three hospitalizations accounted for only 10 days out of a possible 2,804, representing less than 1% of total days. This also means that only 3% of the entire WIT population experienced hospitalizations in the month of June, meaning 97% were free of hospitalizations. In the program, members learn healthy coping skills which help them deal with times of crisis in their lives.
Currently, WIT has 16 members enrolled in educational situations ranging from High School diploma work up to Graduate School. WIT encourages its members to always strive for new learning opportunities and when it is conducive to the member's recovery, educational opportunities are facilitated for them should they choose to engage in them. WIT employs a Vocational Specialist who assists members in their educational process.
The WIT program supports community integration for its members and sees employment as a great way for members to integrate. WIT has 41 members involved in some sort of employment setting. Of those 41 members, 15% are in competitive employment, 2% are in transitional employment, and 83% are in volunteer situations. Our numbers have slightly declined as a result of increased discharges of our members who graduated from the program and acceptance of new members. As our new members progress in their recovery, they will be able to work with the vocational specialist for employment opportunities.
This information reflects the primary diagnosis for members of the WIT program. Knowledge of this information is crucial for the staff of WIT to ensure that proper care is given to the members in order to facilitate the best possible recovery for members. By having knowledge of the member's situation, WIT staff can plan the best possible treatment, work with members to set realistic goals which are conducive toward their recovery, and have an intimate knowledge of the situation to be able to provide the most efficient forms of care for members. This information is utilized by the entire treatment team from member to Program Director. The entire team looks to provide an environment which is centered on member recovery.
Of the 97 members in the WIT program at the end of June, 93% of them have a co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse issue. Fortunately, the WIT team offers an integrated treatment program which allows members to address both mental illness, as well as substance abuse issues simultaneously. In addition to psychiatric services which are readily available, substance abuse counseling and services are also easily accessible for members who require them.