Service Activities

Current Services

The Maryland Community Criminal Justice Treatment Program (MCCJTP) - The MCCJTP was established in1992 under the coordination of the Maryland Mental Hygiene Administration (Joan Gillece, Ph.D.). The program leverages federal, state, local and private funds to provide mental health, substance abuse and case management services to men and women in jails in 19 jurisdictions across the state. Under the MCCJTP program, each participating jurisdiction is required to establish a community agency advisory group and draft a memorandum of understanding outlining which services each agency will provide. In return, jurisdictions receive limited funding to hire a case manager and/or other program staff to build the local program. Services available to detainees within these jails range from initial assessments, crisis management, psychiatric evaluations, medication, short-term individual counseling, pre-release planning, and case management for the initial 90 days following release. An important recent addition to the program is the availability of federal Shelter-Plus-Care slots and dollars for provision of housing services for qualified individuals newly released from the jails. Target outcomes for the program include reduction in recidivism to jails and state hospitals, improved residential stability, and promotion in an improved quality of life and community integration for participating clients.

The Mental Health Transitional Unit of Patuxent Institute - Recognition of the critical importance of pre-release discharge planning combined with close follow-up in the community during the first days after release led to the provision of those components to inmates preparing for release from the Patuxent Institute, a forensic state psychiatric facility. Under Erik Roskes, M.D., the program will facilitate contact between participating inmates and community-based case mangers in Baltimore City catchment areas during the 90 days preceding release. During this time, inmates will meet the case manger with whom they will be working following their release, participate in pre-release planning and referral, and commence application for needed services so that these will be available when the inmate re-enters the community. The case mangers will then follow the inmate during the first few months after release to insure that service linkages have occurred and that needed services are being received.

Forensic Dual Diagnosis Inpatient Unit at Crownsville State Hospital - The occurrence of psychiatric illness and substance use disorders is particularly high within inmate populations. Effective treatment for co-occurring disorders requires comprehensive integration of mental health and substance abuse services over an extended period. The Forensic Dual Diagnosis unit at the Crownsville State Hospital will provide intensive and integrated mental health and substance abuse treatment within an inpatient therapeutic community milieu in a secure facility for periods up to one year. Inmates will typically enter this program toward the end of their terms of incarceration, and upon successful completion of their treatment, may be released into the community or back to their referring facility.

Future Services

Diverting Women Arrestees for Prostitution to Comprehensive and Coordinated Services - Pending approval from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, this project will provide women who have been arrested for prostitution to ongoing medical services, mental health and substance abuse treatments, and housing. The evaluation and referral to appropriate services based on need will be made to these women pre-booking so that they may be diverted from going to jail.

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