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Joliet Treatment Center, the latest in medical and mental health treatment for people in custody
Today, the single largest challenge in the world of justice is the identification, care and treatment of people with highly acute mental health issues, and the associated medical issues that come with that.   In today’s facilities, people that have committed crime and are detained exhibit at least mild mental health issues over 70% of the time.  And although it is commonly believed that a custody setting is not optimum as a therapeutic environment, due to many social factors, including a newly rising uptick in murder of 30% nationally, our justice system is required to deal with this population.  Based on that recognition, there is a new movement to move away from traditionally punitive or ‘warehouse’ environments towards therapeutic, healing ones.  The Illinois Department of Corrections has made a tremendous commitment to this new approach with the new facility at the Joliet Treatment Center.  This new hospital includes 150 acute mental health beds and 50 acute medical beds that will serve the current facility and other surrounding ones.  This facility, not yet finished, is already serving as a model nationwide, and we will use this opportunity to present the circumstances that created this facility, the vision that guided it and the actual results from the collaborative effort that took place.

Nov 9, 2021 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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