Forensic Case Management staff work with mental health and social services staff in the Morris County Correctional Facility (MCCF) to assist with discharge planning. Staff also works with clients on probation and the courts to ensure the consumer’s participation with court mandates.
The goal of Forensic Case Management services is to:
Often people with mental illness are put in jail for minor offenses which could have been avoided if their mental illness had been treated. The Forensic Case Management Service program works with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office to divert people from the criminal justice system into the mental health system.
Who We Serve:
Forensic Case Management
People with mental illness who become involved in the criminal justice system are much less likely to re-offend if they receive appropriate mental health services in the jail and upon discharge. Our three forensic case managers make sure people with mental illness are redirected from jail to treatment when appropriate, that they receive appropriate care in the jail and upon discharge, and that they make a successful transition into the community by linking them to other necessary resources and services.
In 2014, the Mental Health Association of Morris County provided intensive Forensic Case Management Services to 30 persons with mental illness who were involved in the criminal justice system. Of these individuals:
• 100% of consumers enrolled had a detailed written discharge plan prior to discharge from the Morris County Jail.
• 80% of enrolled clients remained in the community for at least 6 months following release from jail.
• 94% of enrolled clients were linked to all needed services upon discharge from the program.
• 86% of Forensic Case Management clients surveyed reported that program staff was excellent in connecting them to programs and services in the community.
• 86% of Forensic Case Management clients surveyed reported that staff had been excellent in helping them avoid a return to jail.