Imagine If

Imagine that an offender in need of treatment and/or recovery services was receiving medication management, individual/group therapy, crisis intervention, and mental/medical health care, but only within the correctional facility. Upon the offender’s release, the vital services abruptly end because the lack of continuum of care – the continuation of treatment services from confinement to community. The offender experiences a gap in services that continues due to the lack of continuum of care and until the offender recidivates (reoffends) and is re-incarcerated. Now imagine the effect the lack of continuum of care has on a paranoid schizophrenia offender. Without continuation of medication and treatment services, the offender becomes delusional and violent.
Imagine that a 72-year-old severely demented offender, unable to perform two or more of his or her daily living activities, granted parole. The offender currently has no living relatives and will require a community conservator to make health care decisions on behalf of the offender. Additionally, the offender does not have the funding or resources to pay for Assisted Living or Nursing Home care. Thus, the offender is in danger of expiration – serving his or her full sentence – because the lack of continuum of care from confinement to community.
Both scenarios occur daily within the Tennessee Department of Correction facilities. The offenders served his or her prison time and because good behavior or adhering to prison rules, the offender is granted parole by the Board of Parole.

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