According to recent research published by The Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights, approximately 50% of prison and jail inmates meet the clinical criteria for substance abuse or dependence. Data from a national study in five major American cities show that at the time of arrest, 63% – 83% of arrestees have drugs in their system. These statistics speak to the importance of individuals who need substance use treatment having access to quality care, before, during, and after periods of incarceration.
MHA of Rockland is proud of our Recovery Services program, a medically supervised outpatient clinic offering prevention and treatment services for children, adolescents and adults impacted by personal and familial drug and alcohol use. This program serves more than 500 individuals a year, helping to break the family cycle of addiction, and supporting people in building positive and meaningful lives.
In addition to our Recovery Services program, we are excited to announce that our trained staff will now be providing weekly drug treatment groups in the Rockland County jail. Separate groups will be offered, free of charge, for men and women who wish to access support and treatment during their incarceration. Prior to release, individuals will also be helped to connect to community based resources, both at MHA and other agencies, to further their recovery efforts. It is yet another new initiative that strengthens our mission of connecting people, educating families, and rebuilding lives.