Andrews Center is able to provide Jail Diversion Services for offenders with medical and mental impairments through the Texas Correctional Office on Offenders with Medical and Mental Impairments (TCOOMMI) program.
The primary objectives of this program are to reduce initial imprisonment, reduce recidivism and to divert offenders with mental illness and severe medical impairments to appropriate treatments instead of incarceration.
Andrews Center’s work with TCOOMMI is providing services to offenders who are on parole or probation with mental health impairments and are at high risk of returning to an institutional setting. In partnership with TCOOMMI, Andrews Center staff works with the offender and their parole/probation officer to ensure all legal requirements are complied with. There is a 13.1% recidivism rate for offenders enrolled in a case management program, and that rate drops to 9.7% when offenders are enrolled in a case management program for 12 or more consecutive months.
There are two types of services that can be provided:
Continuity of Care (COC): Service coordination is provided to offenders for up to 90 days and may include arranging for psychiatric and medical treatment, counseling, and assistance with benefits eligibility applications. The COC worker also provides for joint treatment planning with criminal justice agencies, social services, health and human service agencies and other appropriate disciplines.
Intensive Case Management (ICM): A case manager provides a minimum of 3.5 hours per month of face-to-face time providing psychosocial rehab training or advocating on the offender’s behalf, all in an attempt to assist in successful reintegration to the community. The offender can remain in the TCOOMMI program for up to 2 years or until they have completed their parole/probation condition – whichever comes first. Connections to psychiatric care, as well as medical and counseling services are also provided.
Under both the COC and ICM programs the offenders’ medications and care costs are covered to ensure the offender remains on medication. This contributes to greater stability and hopefully a successful reintegration to the community.
Learn more at: http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/divisions/rid/tcoommi/
The Outpatient Competency Restoration (OCR) unit provides services to individuals with mental illness who are believed to be incompetent to stand trial. The goal of OCR services is to help individuals become competent to face their charges in court by providing them with various trainings such as, legal skills training, case management, and medication services, and through other supports and services. In some cases, the OCR unit is able to work with the courts to release qualified individuals from jail and allow them to live independently in one of our two transition homes as they work to regain competency. Individuals do not have to be diagnosed with one of Andrews Center’s primary diagnoses in order to be served (ex. major depression, Bipolar Disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder), but the OCR unit does not serve individuals with sexual or 3G offenses (ex. aggravated charges, murder).
Outpatient Competency Restoration Services ad Supports: