Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $750,000)
Through the Reentry Project (RP), the Local Mental Health Authority to Denton County, Texas, Denton County MHMR Center (the Center), seeks to improve reentry outcomes for beneficiaries incarcerated in Denton County who are being released and have mental health and/or substance use diagnoses. Within the Denton County Jail, the Center will impact at least 120 unique individuals in Year 1, 140 in Year 2, and 140 in Year 3: a total of 400 unique individuals over the lifetime of the project. Evidence-based strategies intended to achieve the RP's goal include Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment (ANSA), Trauma Informed Care (TIC), and Illness Management and Recovery (IMR), among others detailed in the narrative, which are utilized under a person-centered lens. A Project Director, two Jail Outreach Qualified Mental Health Professionals, and a Jail Peer Support Specialist will deliver clinical and nonclinical services such as case management, care coordination, peer support services, service referral, Intake, crisis assessments, and other relevant activities to reduce recidivism rates and improve reentry outcomes. Correctional Facility partnerships include the Denton Police Department, Denton County Mental Health Treatment and Veteran's Court, Denton County Probation, and Denton County's elected Sheriff. These collaborations will strengthen referral pathways for individuals in need of outpatient treatment for mental health services. The expectations of this program include Denton County Jail office space, a combination of psychiatric evaluation, medication, mental health treatment, and education for the beneficiary.