One in four Americans will experience a mental health disorder in their life time. It is a human issue that affects us all. So, too, the myths about those with mental health issues who are no more likely to be violent than anyone else, but they are much more likely to have contact with the criminal justice system. Nearly half the inmates in county jails have mental health issues.
On Sunday, our guest will talk about some collaborative programs that have reduced recidivism among those with mental health issues from 67% to 11%. These programs are transforming the revolving door.
Whitney Redden, a graduate of Austin College, earned a MA in Counseling Psychology at TWU, and is a licensed professional counselor. She has worked with the Battering Intervention program, Children’s Advocacy Center and now is at the Texoma Community Center. She currently is the president of the local National Alliance on Mental Illness chapter and is an adjunct professor at SOSU.