Justice Program

Thresholds’ groundbreaking Justice Program provides key transitional services to people with severe mental illness exiting Illinois’ Dwight and Dixon prisons and the Cook County Jail. Established in 1997, our program boasts more than a decade’s worth of data demonstrating that our services yield an 89% reduction in arrests, 86% reduction in jail time, and 76% reduction in hospitalizations. Prior to a prisoner’s release, our skilled and experienced staff connects this at-risk population with community-based housing, primary physical and mental health care treatment (including medications and medication monitoring), job assessments and placement. Other program outcomes include increased community reintegration, as evidenced by independent living, reconnection with family, employment, education, and decreased symptoms of mental illness and substance use. The results are lives transformed and millions of taxpayer dollars saved. In 2001, Thresholds received the prestigious American Psychiatric Association’s “Gold Achievement Award” for its work with this difficult population.