MOSES published a position paper describing the problems associated with people who are “high users” of the Dane County jail and various social service systems. “Many of these individuals experience complex chronic health conditions including histories of trauma, substance abuse disorders, mental health and chronic homelessness.” They are expensive for society and lead painful lives. Click here to read the paper.
Funds are available from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation for grants to test interventions for these frequent users of multiple systems. Deadline is October 1.
Here is an excerpt from the solicitation description:
“Funding will be distributed to help city, county, and state governments use data from randomized controlled trials to identify individuals who frequently utilize hospitals, jails, and housing assistance services with the goal of connecting them to appropriate evidence-based interventions. Proposals should target interventions that address some or all of the following outcomes of interest: reduction in arrest and recidivism rates; reduction in the use of medical services, such as emergency room visits and hospitalizations; improved health outcomes; housing stability; and economic well-being.”
Click here for more information.