Wisconsin Resource Center - Unit 6 - AODA/Release Service Unit

Institution Unit Supervisor: Bob Kriz

The AODA/Re-Entry Unit is designed to provide an environment that promotes rehabilitation by linking release planning, medication management, independent living skills, job skills, personal responsibility and self-control as means of integrating the resident back to the community.

Program Statement
The AODA/Re-Entry Unit is a 30 bed structured community. The unit is designed to provide care and release planning for those residents who have a history of chronic mental health issues or correctional institutionalization. The AODA/Re-Entry Unit treatment team focuses on developing individualized release plans that are focused on independent living skills while providing relapse prevention or wellness plans. Through the collaborative development of individualized treatment plans, stressors related to release planning and community reintegration will be reduced.

The unit operates under a multi-disciplinary treatment model and is structured to provide rapid feedback through constructive consequences/rewards to modify behaviors. The treatment team consists of an Institution Unit Supervisor, Psychiatric Care Supervisor, Psychiatrist, Psychological Services Associate, Social Worker, Psychiatric Care Technicians, an Education Representative, and a Recreation Therapist. The unit program receives additional support from staff involved in other departments within WRC. Many residents on the unit are participants in the Dual Diagnosis treatment program that is offered on-unit.

The unit coordinates with community-based services to assist with transitioning to the community. This may include DCC agents, Case Managers, Social Security, family supports, and community mental health providers. The team also coordinates efforts with the Opening Avenues to Reentry Success (OARS) program.

The objective of Unit 6 is to provide the skills necessary for successful re-entry to individuals being released to the community. In order to provide this, unit 6 provides a community-based program which functions within a monthly simulation in budgeting and prioritizing with internal incentives. Each resident, as a parallel to SSI benefits, will receive $30 in an account to be utilized for monthly expenses.

Each resident is required to pay room and board, which is collected on the 1st of the month. Following the baseline expenses, each resident will be encouraged to prioritize which extraneous expenses they value and budget for them. Monthly room and board includes 3 meals per day and a set amount of hygiene items. Inmates will be provided with treatment interventions and coaching to allow them opportunities to expand and apply their skills to manage independently in the community.

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Last Revised: October 30, 2015