By: Lauren Marker
Providing short-term mental health services can be challenging. Engaging clients quickly, building rapport, and establishing trust to garner a sense of the client’s needs can be hard-won efforts. One of the things that makes social service provision at Midtown Community Court unique is the tailored approach implemented to appropriately match clients with needs-based services. This wraparound service model begins in the holding cells when Sonia, our wonderful Resource Coordinator, briefly assesses defendants for possible substance abuse and/or mental health concerns. During that initial screening, she usually makes a determination about appropriateness of fit for our group services. Often, a member of the clinic will conduct a more in-depth assessment to ascertain the nature of mental health concerns or severity of substance use. Clients are then recommended to either group or individual sessions to best help them address their needs.