Dual-Diagnosis Treatment Program
In 2017, WestCare Illinois (WCIL) added a 26-bed Dual-Diagnosis Treatment Program to its well-managed Modified Therapeutic Community (MTC) program at the Logan Correctional Center. Dual diagnosis (also referred to as co-occurring disorders) is a term for when someone experiences a mental illness and a substance use disorder simultaneously. Either disorder—substance use or mental illness—can develop first.
This WCIL Dual-Diagnosis program has been the subject of 2018 research report for the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA). “Overall, feedback from clients and staff were positive and the program showed reductions in clients’ posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms and aggression after participation. In addition, researchers offer suggestions to improve the program’s physical space, as well as enhance program components and data collection.”