BHLI is going to jail and we need your help!
BHLI is a non-profit organization with a mission to fill gaps in services for vulnerable populations experiencing addiction and mental health issues. PCARE (Project Connections at Re-Entry) is our newest project and it is aimed at the problems faced by people in jail.
There is a serious gap in treatment at the jail. Many inmates are suffering from serious addiction and mental health issues. Often, they have experienced trauma in their lives which lead to self-medication with illicit substances. In turn, their substance use leads directly or indirectly to incarceration. While in jail, there is little treatment available. This means that the inmate must wait until their release to receive evidence-based treatment and linkage to on-going care. But research shows that the time immediately after discharge from jail carries the most risk for death, bad events, and recidivism. Gaps in treatment impact the individuals at risk as well as each of us. Increased overdose deaths, increased crime, increased recidivism affect us all with high costs, diminished quality of community life and poorer overall public health. Improving treatment is a win for each of us.
PCARE is aimed at meeting this gap by bringing treatment to jail! BHLI is going to park a mobile treatment van right outside of the detention center so that just-released people can immediately get the treatment they need. The van will be staffed with a team that can offer immediate assessments and treatments to this vulnerable population. A full clinical team will be in the van 4 mornings a week. We will also be collecting data and analyzing results in preparation for a full research study to determine whether this pilot works.
Data will be collected to measure the impact on:
How can you help? We are funded by several wonderful local foundations (see website). However, we need supplemental funds to offer the best services possible. Funding will be used to support the following items among other things:
Please support BHLI in our work with a direct donation or by buying at the stores below and linking the purchases to BHLI.
BHLI is Going to Jail!
Mobile Treatment Van
Our Driver, Larry Dawkins