Supported Forensic Housing

 

Jack Brennick, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Supported Forensic Housing and DV Programming
Jack Brennick, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Supported Forensic Housing and DV Programming

The Monroe County Office of Mental Health provides funding specifically to address the high needs of severally mentally ill prisoners being released to the community, most with violent felony convictions.  In the late 1970s-early 80s, many residential and in-patient mental health facilities were closed, in an effort to create a new, community-based standard of treatment.  Unfortunately, prison has taken the place of in-patient mental health facilities for many men and women with uncontrolled mental illness.   These clients are poorly equipped to handle the routine tasks necessary to secure housing, food, clothing, medical care, mental health and addiction treatment.   A Forensic Support Team (FST) at Delphi Care Services works collaboratively with Community Corrections, treatment providers, and family to help ensure these vulnerable individuals can live safely, and with dignity, in their own apartment.  From the moment of release, our FST staff are ready to receive each referred individual, bring them to safe and secure, fully furnished, private housing, and walk with them on a daily basis if necessary to help them stabilize.

Clients who receive these services are selected by the NYS Office of Mental Health and the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.