This multidisciplinary team includes a social worker, case manager, nurse, peer mentors, and a APRN to serve individuals who have been unsuccessful in mental health treatment in the past, are homeless, in poverty, and have cycled through the jail. This collaborative effort between Mental Health Services, Criminal Justice Services, the County jail, housing, and NAMI has been very successful in reducing participants’ jail time.
The team works out of Valley Mental Health to provide in-home services to people who have multiple incarcerations and serious mental illness. The mental health services coordinators at the jail connects those appropriate for JDOT through their discharge planning process. The team provides intensive, community-based services to a minimum of 60 criminal-justice involved persons with mental illness. Services emphasize integrated mental health and substance abuse interventions.
As part of the jail diversion services provided in Salt Lake County, JDOT is showing impressive outcomes in keeping individuals with serious and persistent mental illness out of the jail and in the community, with the goal of helping them to be contributing members of society.
For more information contact North Valley Mental Health at 801-539-7000.
|Pre JDOT||With JDOT|
|Total Bookings for New Offense||433||6|
|Total Jail Bed Days||12,281||103|
|Average Days in Jail/Person||585||5|
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Jail Diversion Outreach Team (Forensic Assertive Community Team) Information contributed by Brian Miller, PhD
The forensic assertive community team, or F/ACT , is a team of mental health professionals that function as a “hospital without walls”. The team can take deliver clinical support services into the community wherever the client may be in order to provide a high level of service without requiring that the client be in a hospital. These teams have demonstrated benefits in supporting persons with mental illness and reducing the number of inpatient hospitalizations, use of emergency rooms, homelessness, re-offense rates, and substance use.
The distinguishing characteristics of a F/ACT are:
Assertive Community Teams are a demonstrated “evidence-based practice” that havebeen shown for many years to improve client outcomes:
Clients served by F/ACT: are individuals with serious and persistent mental illness with severe functional impairments, who have avoided or not responded well to traditional outpatient mental health care and psychiatric rehabilitation services. Persons served by F/ACT often have co-existing problems such as homelessness, substance abuse problems, and are selected for the team because of multiple involvements with the criminal justice system.
A Manual for ACT Start-Up: Based on the PACT Model of Community Treatment for Persons with Severe and Persistent Mental Illnesses.
Allness, D. J., & Knoedler, W. H. (2003). Arlington, VA: NAMI. Order at: www.nami.org
This “how to” manual provides practical information on how to develop and implement ACT teams, including recommended admission criteria, staffing configuration and roles, hours of operation,
administrative requirements, team communication and organization, client-centered comprehensive assessment and individualized treatment planning, service array, and development of a steering committee and stakeholder advisory group. This manual also includes all sample forms (e.g., assessments, staff scheduling).
Find at: http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/cmhs/communitysupport/toolkits/community/
Based on the Manual for ACT Start-Up (see above), this toolkit provides similar practical information for ACT implementation. In addition, the ACT Toolkit includes background information sheets for various stakeholder groups (consumers, families and natural supports, practitioners and clinical supervisors, mental health program leaders, and public mental health authorities), introductory videos, practice demonstration videos, and a workbook for practitioners. An updated version is in the process of development by SAMHSA.
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We all need nutrition to support our bodies. A poor diet equals poor health, contributing to obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes - conditions that many people living with mental illness are at a high risk of developing. Nutrition is important for everyone. If you are living with mental illness, eating well is especially important for you, because what you eat can affect your daily life, mood and energy level. Healthy eating is not about being thin or deprivation. Healthy eating is about feeling good, having more energy, participating in your recovery and mapping out your future. Simply put, healthy eating is one of the best things you can do to improve wellness. Dietary guidelines set by the USDA state that a healthy diet is one that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat free or low fat milk products. A healthy diet should include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts. Be sure to limit saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars. Lear more about the U.S. government's guidlelines by reveiwing the food pyramid: mypyramid.gov.