The AD/HD Corrections Project, a joint effort by the Delaware Center for Justice (DCJ) and Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), is the first reentry initiative of its kind in the state of Delaware. This program works to identify ex-offenders with previously undiagnosed and/or untreated AD/HD and to incorporate appropriate treatment with their re-entry planning. In the second year of the program, we have developed and begun implementing a multi-step process including informational presentations, preliminary screening sessions, full diagnostic interviews, regular group coaching sessions in the prison leading up to release, coordinated support groups in the community following release, and a referral base facilitating additional follow-up services using our directory of local resources.
By simultaneously collecting relevant background information and tracking outcomes for our participants, we continue to increase our understanding of the relationship between this disorder and the criminal justice system. The results of this research not only demonstrate the significant (and often overlooked) connection between AD/HD and corrections, but also provide valuable insights as to how we can better help our participants overcome the additional obstacles to successful re-entry.