The creation of the Healthy Minds Network brought together regional Mental Health stakeholders to address the recidivism rate among respondents who had been involuntarily committed to the Mental Health system. This healthcare crisis brought together law enforcement leaders, mental health practitioners, judges, and county commissioners who met to discuss, plan, and act on local solutions regarding a statewide problem.
One of our solutions was to start a Post Incarceration program to help respondents acclimate themselves into society once they’ve been released from treatment. Housing, job, medical, personal matters were addressed and a case worker was brought on to implement a follow up program. In the first year the Probate Court saw a drop in repeat consumers. This was done along with a public relations campaign that continues to destigmatize and decriminalize this illness.