Opening Doors to Recovery Research Project
Opening Doors to Recovery (ODR) is a partnership and pilot project in Southeastern Georgia that seeks to reduce barriers to recovery for those suffering from severe and persistent mental illness linked to recidivism. The overriding goal is to reduce criminal recidivism, homelessness, and chronic rotation through the mental health system – thereby creating healthier individuals, families, and communities less impacted by severe and persistent mental illness. Research documenting the barriers and the impact of various strategies on outcomes and recidivism is an important part of the ODR program, led by Dr. Michael Compton.
Family and Consumer advocates from NAMI Georgia were instrumental in the genesis and planning of ODR, forming partnerships with mental health professionals and public agencies including law enforcement, housing, and public health.
The 2009 ODR Region 5 Summit Report introduced the ODR initiative as follows :
Years of under-funding and neglect have resulted in a network of services that has become increasingly cumbersome to manage and increasingly unresponsive to consumer demands. Region 5 exhibits many of the problems found throughout Georgia: staffing shortages, inaccessible services, and inefficiencies in the delivery of care.
This report is a “Response to The Crisis” in behavioral health that is being experienced by thousands of Georgia’s most vulnerable citizens every day. The “war” that was declared in Region 5 was to reduce the recidivism of those with serious mental illness who are in jail, prison, State hospital or homeless. Four “Battle Groups” were formed to:
- Address problems surrounding Management Information Systems;
- Study Best Practice Services;
- Increase the capacity of housing for the seriously mentally ill; and
- Develop a family/peer/self-case management or case coordination tool.