Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $1,195,589)
The North Texas Behavioral Health Authority (NTBHA) project focuses on Dallas County, Texas. To encourage recovery for those exiting the jail system or entering the jail deflection center, the NTBHA Behavioral Health CTI Program will be implemented to serve adult individuals experiencing critical transitions who have suspected or diagnosed substance use disorders (SUD) or co-occurring disorders (COD). The program will increase the number of individuals struggling with SUD/COD able to successfully engage in services across six-domains: housing; benefits/finances; family/social network; living skills; SUD/MH treatment. The Critical Time Intervention (CTI) model will be employed; the model consists of a nine-month period of intensive individual community-based services that require frequent contact to establish a trusting, meaningful relationship with the individual, resulting in a re-engagement in services and assessment of needs. The goal of the project is to decrease the effects of opioids and other substances on individuals and the community while also reducing jail recidivism and entrance into the justice system. This project will benefit individuals experiencing critical transitions, law enforcement, and the justice system through reducing the impact of opioids and other drugs on those who participate in services. Measurable Objectives include: Engage 75% of individuals referred to the program; 95% of all individuals who engage in CTI services will receive a comprehensive individualized recovery plan; 70% of individuals enrolled in the program will avoid state funded hospitalization and jail; 80% of individuals enrolled in the program will show an improved quality of life at the completion of the program.