Impact of Program on Community and Behavioral Health Disparities
As outlined NAK Union drug and alcohol Program proposes activities that improve the health of the targeted clients by:
- Providing comprehensive substance abuse treatment
- Improving family functioning
- Helping clients develop job skills and find jobs
- Reducing the likelihood the client being arrested
The long-term goal of the NAK Union Behavioral Health is to expand and/or enhance related recovery and re-entry services to recovering individuals returning to the community from the life of addiction and its challenges. The program offers unique services not currently available in the Metro Atlanta to anyone in need of the service.
Factors such as an overall life plan, education and job skills training can dramatically lower the recidivism rate. Developing a new life and social contacts with productive citizens are major factors in a meaningful and productive way to remain in the community. By building a sustainable system of care for those needing substance abuse treatment and other recovery support services, the community is made safer, costs of incarceration are decreased and the individuals have a self-supporting strategy to succeed outside the correctional system for the ones that have been to prison due to addiction.
NAK Union Recovering Addicts fit the curriculum that allows activities of community-based organizations, including faith-based groups, to begin transition planning activities such as, but not limited to, jobs skills planning or educational program planning for community follow up upon a decision to break the chain of addiction.
Activities that will impact community and behavioral health disparities include:
Life Skills Development
Some people lack life skills that are essential for successful participation in the community. These may range from anger management to financial or family/parenting skills. As the needs are as varied as the clients, themselves, the program’s Life Skills Development is structured on an individual basis. Among the life skills addressed throughNak Union Union Behavioral Health Recovering include:
- Anger Management
- Substance Abuse and Recovery
- Personal Finance (Budgeting and Savings)
- Family Relationships (Parenting and Child Support)
- Formal Education (GED, Community College, etc.)
- Accessing Community Resources
- “Being a Good Tenant” (What Property Owners Look for in a Renter)
- Accessing Identification as Needed (Birth Certificates, Social Security Numbers, Driver’s License, etc.)
Housing, Employment and Transportation
The client will be assisted with meeting short-term needs. Arrangements will also be made for the client’s participation in an appropriate substance abuse program, should the need exist. Conditions mandating participation in a substance abuse program include a drug or alcohol-related conviction and client self-admitted drug or alcohol abuse. The client will also be required to participate in a substance abuse program if such participation is warranted, based on observations of the client’s behavior.
Once immediate short-term needs are met, the client is assisted in achieving long-term goals, such as education and career. Life skills development continues according to the needs of the client. The client will be counseled on the specific goals he or she will be expected to reach in the program, as well as the anticipated time frame for meeting these goals. He or she will agree to and sign an itemized “Goals and Objectives” worksheet outlining expectations and milestones for success.
Employment Skills Training
Employment is a major issue for any newly released inmate. For someone who has been labeled a felon for instance, meaningful employment is often almost impossible to find, no matter how highly skilled the individual is. This problem is compounded if the client lacks education or knowledge of how to approach the job market. As part of this effort, theNak Union Union Behavioral Health Recovering is partnering with the community to address these needs and access needing training and support systems. The development of the skills needed to find and hold productive employment goes hand in hand with the development of life skills. Areas addressed in our impatient residence include:
- Job Search Methods
- Resume Building
- Job Skills and Work Habits
- On-Site Client Employment