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In the News: Center to Support Women Leaving Jail Signals New Day in Justice Reform
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Center to support women leaving jailThe Utah online news site Deseret News recently published an article entitled “Center to support women leaving jail signals new day in justice reform,” which describes the grand opening of the CORE II facility. The 16-bed residential program serves women leaving incarceration who need support as they prepare to re-enter the community. CORE stands for Co-Occurring Re-entry and Empowerment. The CORE program is targeted at the Severely Persistently Mentally Ill (SPMI) needing high levels of medication management and benefits management. Currently the program only qualifies women who are in Mental Health Court. 

From the article:

  • A new facility intended to help female offenders with mental health and substance abuse disorders successfully re-enter society is a "public demonstration the game has changed" in Utah's criminal justice system, says Rep. Eric Hutchings, R-Kearns.
  • The program will also divert female offenders from the county's overcrowded jail into a program where they can receive help for issues that contributed to their criminal activity, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams said.
  • CORE II is modeled after the CORE program for men, a partnership between Salt Lake County and Valley Behavioral Health, started in 2009. It has reduced recidivism by 67 percent among their clients, according to Stefani Lazar, Valley's residential coordinator for adult services.

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Posted Tue, Oct 13 2015 7:43 AM by Susan Powell


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