Vision, Mission and Goals
The OhioMHAS Community Linkage Program strives to aid all offenders with severe and persistent mental illness in their mental health recovery and stability by providing high quality, holistic and timely continuity of care services upon entering and leaving prison.
The Community Linkage Program will facilitate continuity of mental health care for persons entering or leaving the prison system by assisting in policy development, sharing of information, identifying and addressing needs, monitoring outcomes, and providing problem-solving assistance. This will promote reduced recidivism rates for persons with mental illness who are leaving the prison system and reduce the number of persons incarcerated due to their illness.
- Provide continuity of mental health care for offenders entering or leaving an ODRC prison who are identified with serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI).
- Provide continuity of mental health care for youthful offenders entering or leaving an ODYS facility who are identified as being on the mental health caseload.
- Reduce recidivism of persons with mental illness who are involved in the criminal justice system.
- Reduce de-compensation rates of released offenders to increase chances at recovery and successful reintegration.
- Facilitate problem solving between the corrections and mental health systems and offenders related to accessing community mental health services.
- Enhance public safety by arranging post-release mental health services, recovery supports and benefits.