FORENSIC INTENSIVE REINTEGRATION SUPPORT TEAM (F.I.R.S.T.): NAMI employs a Forensic Peer Specialist on this team to help those inmates who have a mental illness successfully re-enter the community.
Our goal is to:
CERTIFIED PEER SPECIALIST support: NAMI employs a person in recovery at the Crisis Stabilization Unit at David Lawrence Center to link community services and provide peer support.
We know that people learn best from their peers. As with any health diagnosis, support is often sought out by others that have the same diagnosis. Having a person in recovery housed in the Crisis Stabilization Unit allows persons in crisis to immediately feel a sense of companionship and camaraderie with our Certified Peer Specialist. He also explains the system itself, resources and links to NAMI. Population served is those in the Crisis Unit.
The program is:
NAMI of COLLIER COUNTY provides specialized peer support by employing a person with lived experience to assist participants with personal recovery goals.
COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF”S OFFICE and PRISON HEALTH SERVICES provide a jail reintegration specialist for individualized discharge planning.
DAVID LAWRENCE CENTER provides the case management and therapeutic component for the FIRST program.
FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY provides interns to assist with basic living skills and opportunities for social inclusion in the community.
What is the Admission Criteria?
The person must:
Following the arrest, if the inmate is determined to have a mental health diagnosis, a referral is made. Once the referral is received, an appointment is scheduled with the potential client for a screening. If the client is deemed appropriate and willing to participate, a clinical assessment is completed, and public safety risks are considered.
After final approval from the multi-disciplinary interagency FIRST team members, an Intervention Plan is developed cooperatively to specifically address the individual’s needs. The client and team members must all agree on the terms of the plans.
Successful completion of the Intervention Plan goals will indicate a closing of the client’s work with the FIRST program team members. The client will be linked with appropriate mental health services, have stable housing, a job if appropriate, and have developed skills that will assist that individual in having a productive and successful future free from interaction with the correctional system.