Each month the Adult and Older Adult FSPs submit their data from Caminar* which is then compiled by the County into various categories such as enrollment at end of period, gender, age range, ethnicity, residence, psychiatric hospitalizations, incarcerations, homelessness, education and employment. Most of the data are at a point in time, at the end of period (normally the last day of the month) except where indicated that it is the total for the month. The progress reports are discussed at the monthly program management meetings and used to monitor a programs performance.
*Caminar is a data collection program that is used to collect and send data to the State. Data are also available for immediate use by contracted programs and the County for analysis.
Whatever It Takes Demographics
FY 10/11 Quarter 1 - Demographics
Throughout the first quarter of the 2010-2011 fiscal year, Whatever It Takes (WIT) Court served 121 members. As the graph illustrates, WIT began the quarter with 97 members enrolled. After enrolling 24 more members throughout the quarter and discharging 20 members for various reasons, WIT ended the quarter with 101 members, accounting for a total of 121 members from the community served during the 3-month period.
WIT Court in collaboration with the Community Court system services members from the community who fall into these age categories. Transitional Age Youths (18-25) account for 15% of the members in the program, Adults (26-59) represent the majority of the members at 83%, and Older Adults (60+) finish up the group with 2% of all members.
At the end of the first quarter, WIT’s population consists of 15 more females than males. Gender is not a factor when evaluated for enrollment, however is a statistic tracked by the program.
While over 80% of the WIT members have English as their primary language, the staff of WIT Court possesses the ability to serve members in other languages as well, including Spanish and Vietnamese. The Mental health Association agency also has the ability to provide services in other languages as the need arises. The WIT Court program is dedicated to serving all members regardless of cultural or language backgrounds.
WIT assists all of its members with finding suitable housing options which are conducive to their recovery. Upon release from jail, members are placed into one of WIT’s emergency shelters. As is appropriate, members are moved to more permanent housing options, including sober livings, their own apartments, the Shelter Plus Care program, and other options as is seen fit. The goal is to move members toward fully independent living where they are financing their own housing options independently. The “Other” category includes members who are in hospitals, jails, homeless, or whose whereabouts are unknown.
During the month of September, 18 of the WIT members experienced incarceration episodes. At this point WIT is in a transition period where the program is transferring out many of our graduates and bringing in new members from the correctional system. Trends in the program have shown that recidivism tends to be higher during the first year of enrollment in the program, which would explain the higher number of jail days at the end of this quarter as compared to past quarters. The WIT staff works closely with members in an effort to drastically reduce this number as the reduction is beneficial to the recovery of the members.
In the month of September, 2 out of 101 members were placed into psychiatric hospitalizations. Each member experienced a 3-day episode in the hospital. WIT looks to provide members with coping skills in an attempt to keep them free of hospitalizations because some members have chosen in the past to utilize the hospital as a way of coping. The WIT staff educates members on safe ways of coping with mental illness in an attempt to alleviate hospitalizations and allow members to function within the community. There were no medical hospitalizations in the month of September.
As of the end of September 2010, WIT has 15 members enrolled in school. Two of the members are studying to obtain their GED, one is in Vocational training to become a cosmetologist, 10 are in college studying to obtain Associate’s degrees or bachelor degrees, and two in other educational activities. The WIT staff encourages its members to achieve their educational goals if education is part of their recovery plan.
As a method of reintegrating into the community, the WIT staff encourages its members to get involved in their community through employment and volunteer opportunities. 40% of WIT members either hold jobs or volunteer on a regular basis at various places in the community, including food banks, animal shelters, soup kitchens, and several other community service organizations. The goal of the WIT program is to help its members reintegrate into the community through healthy channels and productive use of time.
During the evaluation process for entry into the WIT program, members visit with the psychiatrist in order to determine their diagnosis. This graph reflects the breakdown of the members and their primary diagnosis by the WIT psychiatrist. In order to provide the best possible care for each member, correct diagnosis is a crucial element. This allows the treatment team to formulate the best course of treatment for members and to maximize the time the member spends with the program. The more efficiently everyone’s time is used in this process, the more the members benefit and subsequently advance in their recovery and reintegration into the community.
Ninety-three percent (93%) of the WIT members have a co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse issue. The WIT program offers integrated treatment programs for members who require it. These programs address not only their mental illness but also their substance abuse issues. The substance abuse counselors on staff are well educated in the ways of co-occurring disorders and can address the needs of all members regarding these issues.