Gender Responsive Trauma Informed Treatment for Justice Involved Women

Project: Research project

Project Details


Women exiting criminal justice settings are disproportionately impacted by health disparities and
have many unmet needs such as housing, jobs and mental health treatment. These unmet
needs often lead to substance relapse and re-arrest when they return to their communities.
Justice-involved women also have high rates of co-occurring substance use and mental health
disorders associated with trauma. It is critical to provide gender-specific, trauma informed
treatment and post-release support upon release from criminal justice settings to interrupt the
cycle of relapse and re-incarceration. Comprehensive treatment that begins early after release
from the criminal justice system can promote better physical and psychological functioning and
decrease substance use and recidivism. We propose to address these gaps in service and
interrupt the repetitive cycle of release, relapse and recidivism. We will recruit 35 women who
have been recently incarcerated and provide comprehensive assessments, strength based case
management and gender responsive, trauma informed treatment. The intervention will provide
mental health treatment and linkages to community based agencies to address factors
associated with relapse, homelessness, mental and physical health problems and reincarceration.
We will also help women access needed services for their children. These results
will contribute to better understanding of the needs of justice involved women.
Effective start/end date9/1/178/31/19


  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Agmt 9/1/17)


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