The Forest County Community Wellness Court Expansion Project will reduce AODA incidents and drug-related recidivism in Forest County, Wisconsin, and the Forest County Potawatomi Community. This will be achieved by increasing service to at least 25 clients annually and 125 clients over the life of the project. Expanded screening, use of evidence-based practices, provision of wrap-around services, and community collaboration will support client success.
In 2014, Forest County Circuit Court and the Forest County Potawatomi Community (FCPC) joined forces to create the Forest County Community Wellness Court (FCC Wellness Court) as a means to addressing the increasing concern of drug-related recidivism. This effort yielded an alternative treatment program to incarceration or other punitive measures. With a solid foundation, FCC Wellness Court proposes to expand the effort and establish the means for providing services to a greater population. Forest County residents or FCPC Tribal members who are at least 18 years of age, have a diagnosis of substance use disorder, and are eligible to receive services under the jurisdiction of Forest Count Community Wellness Court are the focus population for this project.
A project of this scope has multiple objectives. First, an AODA Counselor and a Behavioral Health Counselor will be hired in order to increase the number of clients screened for a substance use disorder and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorder. Identifying these clients will lead to the second objective: enrolling and providing services to clients with this primary diagnosis. The individualized plans of clients will foster the third objective: utilizing multiple treatment services, including evidence-based strategies such as Thinking for a Change, Seeking Safety, and medication-assisted treatment, along with wrap-around recovery services and the assistance of a Recovery Coach. The fourth objective, establishing and facilitating a community-based Recovery Board, will provide clients with the support network necessary for encouraging program completion and success, as well as a resource for identifying continuous FCC Wellness Court program improvement.
Using this multi-faceted approach to treating clients will assist FCC Wellness Court in realizing its goal of reducing the number of AODA incidents and drug-related recidivism in Forest County and the Forest County Potawatomi Community by at least 10% from the baseline referral rate.