This article will present findings related to critical needs in a group of 281 incarcerated women with co-occurring disorders. The women completed interviews while incarcerated and again at various time points after community reentry. Findings revealed that the number of basic needs increased over time, and a low level of social support was related to negative outcomes. Recommendations for this population include holistic evaluation assessments and integrated treatment plans that encourage staff to comprehensively assess clients at intake and link them to support services during and after incarceration. Implications of this female empowerment model will be discussed.
- Co-occurring disorders
- Incarcerated women
- Mental illness in criminal justice settings
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
- Sociology and Political Science