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Whatever It Takes Court Demographics
FY 10/11 Quarter 1 - Demographics
WIT Court services the Adult population, which includes Transitional Age Youths and Older Adults.
The program data has not shown any significant differences in terms of Gender.
With the diverse population of members, the program is able to serve many different ethnicities and to address the cultural needs of those members. The ability to provide psychosocial rehabilitative services to various cultures stems from the diverse staff employed at WIT Court. Mental Health Association (MHA) prides itself on the cultural competency and make-up of its staff from; American Sign, Korean, Vietnamese, Arabic, Spanish, German, Farsi, Chinese, Swahili, and English. On a monthly basis cultural competency is a topic of discussion at staff meetings to encompass a more complete strength based assessment of members and to give members choices in their recovery.
WIT Court has three master-leased houses: two are emergency shelters and one is a transitional shelter. Through an intake assessment members are placed in one of the three homes at arrival. As members become stable in their recovery they are able to move into more permanent housing options. Members work with a housing specialist on locating the superlative housing option to encompass the best placement possible to facilitate recovery.
WIT Court focuses on reintegration to society by providing a full spectrum of recovery based services including; recognizing symptoms and impairments, understanding mental illness, and relapse prevention. Members who are active in their recovery decrease possible hospitalizations by over 99% and jail days by 91%, accounting for a total of only six hospital days spread across three members and only 265 hospital days spread across 25 members.
The WIT Court program encourages members to meet the mandates of their probation and increase their productive use of time in the community. Members are encouraged to participate in school and other educational activities to increase recovery and reintegration. Personal Service Coordinators, as well as the Vocational Specialist are in place to assist them in enrolling in schooling options, as is appropriate for their individual recovery process and subsequent reintegration into society.
The primary goal of the WIT Court is to encourage recovery and stabilize mental illness when appropriate. The Vocational Specialist assists members in locating job openings, applying for jobs, and interview preparation in an effort to prepare for the return to the workforce. The team works together to facilitate the employment aspect of each individual member's recovery by providing services for the member to utilize.
The goal of the program is to facilitate recovery for the consumers, which is aided through the appropriate psychiatric services. Upon entry into the program, a consumer is scheduled a series of appointments with the staff psychiatrist for a psychiatric evaluation. The psychiatric evaluations are in place for the consumer to receive a thorough assessment; including medication options. By providing psychiatric services we provide for the greatest possibility for a successful recovery for the member.
Due to the fact that 90% of the members have a primary mental illness and substance abuse disorder the program offers members an option for integrated treatment and support toward recovery which might not have been available prior to the development of the WIT program. Members are encouraged to partake in the recovery process with a wide spectrum of services available, including mental health management and substance abuse services.