Host KAREN JAMES with Jeffrey Chilson, DDA Outreach Specialist; Corbett Monica of Dual Diagnosis Anonymous of Oregon; and Ginger Martin, Assistant Director, Department of Corrections Transitional Services.
Studies show that almost three-quarters of prisoners with mental disorders also have a substance use disorder. This is known as dual diagnosis.
Karen and guests discuss dual diagnosis anonymous programs inside prison and in our communities. Jeffrey Chilson, who is dually diagnosed, tells his compelling story of recovery after being shot 18 times by Portland police and serving 10 years in prison; and Ginger Martin informs us how the Department of Corrections prepares prisoners with special needs for re-entry into their communities.
Karen James interviews Paul Solomon, Executive Director, Sponsors Inc. Sponsors Inc. provides transitional housing and employment opportunities to people who are released from Oregon prisons and jail in Lane County Oregon. Since 1973, Sponsors has been the model in evidence based re-entry services. Sponsors employs recognized best practices to help ex-offenders stay out of prison, for good. The program is based on the belief that: “People can and do change, and that a strategic intervention at the appropriate time can serve as a catalyst in that change.“