WRAPIs Successfully Being Implemented In A Variety Of Ways With People Involved In The Criminal Justice System
Copeland Center March 19, 2013.
One New Heart Beatbrings WRAP into the Maguire Men's Correctional Facility located in Redwood City, CA. The Pilot Program involved WRAP Advanced Level Facilitators working in partnership with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Programming Department, Ms. Shirley Lamar, Director of Choices Program San Mateo County Men's Correctional Facility, VA Peer-Run Programs, and other Mental Health Organizations.
One New Heart Beat provides pre and post release WRAP groups for those that are incarcerated. Waynette Brock and Tim Lawson, both Certified WRAP Facilitators and the co-founders of One New Heart Beat, use the Wellness Recovery Action Plan, as an in-custody evidence-based practice, to help offenders regain social and coping skills. Through their work in the Correctional Facilities, they have found that those who successfully complete the program have an increased ability to meet life and vocational goals, significant life enhancement, and exhibit higher self-esteem and self-confidence. The outcome that they have and will continue to measure is participants’ reduction in re-offending. Recent data shows that 6 out of 7 participants that attended the WRAP workshop have not reoffended in the last three years.
For more info go to theOne New Heart Beatwebsite at:http://onenewheartbeat.org
The Demeter Foundationis anorganization in Madison, Wisconsin whose mission is to advocate for the humanetreatment and the civil rights of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their families, and to reduce recidivism and help them gain self-empowerment, healing, and strength.
Alice Pauser, the co-founder of the Demeter Foundation, is a trained WRAP Facilitator and a Certified Peer Specialist who incorporates WRAP into the Trauma informed Care Services that are offered to formerly incarcerated women as they re-enter the community.
An important part of the programs and services offered are WRAP workshops at no charge.
For more information got to theDemeter Foundationwebsite at:http://www.thedemeterfoundation.com/
Wood Pilot Projectis a problem solving court (like drug court), in Bonneville County Idaho. They work with dually diagnosed offenders who are likely to be sentenced to prison on a probation violation or new felony sentencing. Rather than send them to prison for treatment and programming, they start them out in a Work Detail/Work Release program with treatment providers who continue to work with them as they transition to lesser levels of structure to include half-way and transitional housing up to independent living. The program takes 12-19 months to complete.
The Project integrates treatment for mental health, substance use and criminogenic risks; using manualized, evidence based models to treat individual needs. There is an emphasis on employment, education, productive activities and developing strong relationships with people and organizations that support recovery.
Nearly 58% of the participant who begin the program graduate and only 20% of graduates have recidivated with new crimes. The program began in February 2008. They hope to replicate the program in the other 6 Idaho Judicial Districts.
“WRAP seems to be helping us out in a new way. It has really given our peers and mentors a sense of responsibility which helps themselves, and allows the new participants a chance to mingle early on with the successes in the program. I expect that the developments we are making with WRAP and peer mentors will improve both the graduation rate and reduce the recidivism rate as well”. Rex Thornley LCSW,Program Director for the Wood Pilot Court Click here for more information
Region TenRegion Ten Community Services Board in Virginia is part of a statewide network of 40 Community Service Boards working to provide mental health, intellectual disability and substance use services where they are needed.Jail Services:Two RegionTen clinicians provide 20 hours of jail based work with individuals and/or groups in the TC ( Therapeutic Community) and general population using CBT ( Thinking for Change) materials and WRAP. The clinicians provide substance abuse evaluations and make referrals to treatment programs for those re- entering the community following incarceration.http://www.regionten.org/serv_adult.htm
Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services
Justice Involved Services- a comprehensive diversion program can make a difference in breaking the cycle of arrest, re-arrest and incarceration of individuals with serious mental illnesses that are or will be charged with non-violent offenses. The Bridgeway Jail Diversion Program will develop individualized plans for mental health services to assist individuals to reach their own goals and integrate fully into their own community.Members, if they choose, will be helped to develop a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP).
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust- United Kingdom-
WRAP is being offered in the National Helath Service / Prison Mental Health Services as one of the clinics.http://www.nht.nhs.uk/main.cfm?type=PHYSICALHEALTHCARE
Recovery Edge Peer Support[Forensic Innovative Support and Recovery Services] offers:
Forensic WRAP - A Wellness Recovery Action Plan for Individuals in Prison or Involved Within The Criminal Justice System:This 8 hour training is a specific WRAP training and consists of all the same components as the 3 day WRAP training with the added specialty of Forensic features. All participants must meet one of the following requirements: possess a 3 day/18 hour WRAP certificate or currently work in the criminal justice system or have a family member involved in forensics or currently be involved in peer support.
Prison Information and Family Support Community
The PrisonTalkOnline web community was conceived in a prison cell, designed in a halfway house, and funded by donations from families of ex-offenders, to bring those with an interest in the prisoner support community a forum in which their issues and concerns may be addressed by others in similar circumstances and beliefs.This is what is posted about WRAP:
"One of the questions people frequently have is how they can help a person with mental illness. If that person has been in extreme states before, been hospitalized, or has experienced difficulties, encouraging them to produce and getting involved in their own Wellness Recovery Action Plan is a good way to go....Putting it in black and white, and being able to discuss it will facilitate conversations that should help people, loved ones especially, understand what's going on, what to look for, and how to help." Click here to go to the site