Level of Education of Students Involved
Theresa A. Kessler
Public Health, Health Sciences
Background Information In Indiana, individuals with mental illnesses are disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system. Rather than being evaluated and treated in a proper facility, such as public psychiatric hospitals, offenders are referred to jails and prisons. According to Ray, Sapp, et.al. (2016), “Studies have found the rate of serious mental illness in jail and prison ranges from 14 to 16 percent, a rate three to five times greater than the proportion of serious mental illness in the greater population.” Mentally ill offenders that are not receiving adequate representation while incarcerated are not getting access to resources needed once released, leading to an increase in health problems, lack of medication, help for mental illness, and recidivism rates (Lewandowski, 2018). Purpose The purpose of the intervention is to reduce recidivism rates among mentally ill offenders, increase knowledge of recovery from mental disorders, and evaluate goals met upon completion of the Recovery Works Program. Theoretical Foundation and Plan This educational intervention is based on the social cognitive theory to determine the availability of community based formal resources and social support networks while incarcerated. Each participant in the program will utilize at least one of the following re-entry resources: Re-Entry Funding, Community Funding, Recovery Residence Funding, Intensive Outpatient Treatment Funding, Discretionary Funding, Residential Treatment Funding, and After Care Funding. Recommendation and Conclusion Since the Recovery Works Program does not have consistent execution and monitoring across NWI, the proposed objectives will be applied and re-evaluated after 5 years of proper program implementation.
Ward, Makenzie, "Mentally Ill Offenders and Recidivism Rates" (2023). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 1191.