Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $750,000)
The lack of crisis stabilization, behavioral healthcare, mental health staff shortages, treatment options due to insurance restraints, and the out-of-control substance use disorders within families has resulted in a plethora of mental health care gaps in juvenile and adults who are incarcerated. Add to this list the opioid and COVID pandemics along with the undiagnosed mental health issues within the rural areas of this Midwest state, it is found that individuals are becoming more ill and underserved as time goes on. There are reports of suicidal ideations and behaviors, self-injurious behaviors, and high recidivism. Cohesive treatment protocols and warm hand-offs are warranted. This proposal seeks funding for two special populations within a six-county treatment area – juveniles and adults. Evidence-based treatments, comprehensive assessments, and available medications that have been missing for those who are incarcerated in county jails and in a court-ordered juvenile facility are all a part of this comprehensive proposal that seeks to ameliorate the above-mentioned barriers.