This story is a must-read for policymakers, administrators, and service providers who wish to reduce incarceration and recidivism among people with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness (SAMI). It is a profile of the SAMI Re-entry Program at the Scioto Paint Valley Mental Health Center (SPVMHC) in rural Greensfield, Ohio, which implemented Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT), the evidence-based practice. The SAMI Re-entry program was established with a one-year planning grant from The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati. During the first year of operation, 72 percent of the program's clients did not return to prison. This program profile includes a consumer success story.
This story highlights the process of personal change, organizational change, and systems change that policy makers, administrators, and service providers must explore in order to achieve success with IDDT-based re-entry services. It also demonstrates how leadership from a local foundation may facilitate change by providing support for planning and consensus-building among community stakeholders.