The MHU works to:
- preserve public safety and divert probation and post prison offenders with severe mental illness/disabilities from incarceration and hospitalizations, into community based treatment/services and also to decrease/prevent further contacts with the criminal justice system.
- Improve access to appropriate services for people with severe mental illness who are at high risk of criminal justice involvement
- Works to problem solve and improve MHU transition planning from Oregon Department of Corrections and county jails, as it relates to the special needs and problems presented by persons with severe mental disabilities
- Develop enhanced awareness of the consequences of behavior, the relapse process, and the importance of treatment
- Provide multi-problem, difficult to serve people the “structure” needed to:
- Gain relative improvement in overall functioning
- Gain adherence to medications
- Develop acceptable social activities
- Obtain pro-social and healthy living arrangements
- Educate and provide information about resource availability to the offender’s support network, family, advocates, mentors, etc.
- Reducing incidents of the mentally ill being victimized
- Reducing crime, recidivism, and incarceration
Effective community based treatment saves money by reducing the costs of healthcare and emergency room visits, criminal justice proceedings, imprisonment, food stamps, unemployment, workers compensation claims, child welfare and many other related services.