Reducing Recidivism and Improving Outcomes for People with Complex Health Needs
Fellows: Alden Green, Iris Kalka, Christiana Smith, Benjamin Stenhaug
Mentor: Mollie Pettit & Pedro Saleiro
Project Manager: Katy Dupre
Project Partner: Johnson County, Kansas
The criminal justice system often deals with individuals with mental illness, many of whom don’t receive appropriate services and treatment. By facilitating communication between criminal justice and mental health systems, we hope to reduce the recidivism rates of these individuals.
Johnson County, Kansas partnered with DSSG in 2016 to better predict the likelihood of re-entry into the criminal justice system for people who had previously interacted with both the mental health and criminal justice systems. This year, Johnson County expanded our access to data from police departments and public health centers to improve these predictions. We will help Johnson County effectively allocate resources for proactive and preventative methods, including outreach and case work, in order to reduce the number of individuals with mental health issues in its criminal justice system.