Incarcerated women are commonly not afforded gender-specific mental health treatment and instead are given the same treatment for substance use disorders and other mental disorders as their male counterparts. Various treatment programs and theories have been implemented, but these have been found to be less effective for women due to lack of consideration of gender differences. This poster intends to bring awareness to the need for more effective, gender-specific treatments for incarcerated women.
Attendees will learn the prevalence of incarcerated women dealing with both substance use disorder with co-occurring disorders. The poster will emphasize the call for social justice action to address this issue in many ways from treatment to fighting mass incarceration.
Attendees will leave understanding the significance of focusing on gender-specific treatments for substance use within female prisons and how to the increase in frequency of offenses related to substance use or crimes done to support a substance abuse habit have impacted these woman and make it more difficult when reentering society.
For attendees to leave with ideas of how further research could be done and how treatment after women leave prison would be the most beneficial. The poster will provide information about what kinds of community-based programming has been found to be the most effective for women post-incarceration.