Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Improving Treatment Access, Effectiveness, and Recovery

Addictive disorders and mental health problems have played a fundamental role in the population explosion of the U.S. justice system. CHJ offers solutions that reflect a scientific understanding of the physiological and psychological nature of these disorders, as well as expertise in how to effectively incorporate treatment and recovery support into justice sanctions.

Here is some of our work in this issue area:

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2015 Facts on Justice Issue 2: Continuing Methadone During Incarceration Increases Likelihood of Return to Treatment Post-Release, Reduces Medical Costs
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    FOJ 2015, Issue 2
2016 Report or Paper 90/10 Funding to Promote Health Information Sharing between Correctional Agencies and Community-Based ProvidersThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, and policymakers who work on issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health. It discusses the intersection between information technology, record sharing, the...
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    9010 Funding
2007 Article A Large Court System Tackles a Huge Problem: Stakeholders in an Illinois County Work Toward Better Outcomes for Mentally Ill OffendersArticle published in Behavioral Healthcare (March 2007). Although some jurisdictions across the country have one problem-solving courtroom to meet the needs of people with serious mental illness, Cook County's sheer volume of cases would overwhelm a... link
2007 Report or Paper A Primer on Drug Addiction, Crime, and Treatment Report published by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) (November 2007). Prompted by the significant racial disproportionality in prison admissions for drug crimes in Illinois, ICJIA commissioned an in-depth analysis of the... link
2008 Article A Process Evaluation of Treatment Readiness Groups: Lessons Learned in the Implementation of a Treatment Readiness Intervention Model for Felony Probationers with Substance Use ProblemsArticle published in Offender Substance Abuse Report (March/April 2008, Vol. 8, No. 2). The article presents a process evaluation of Cook County's treatment readiness intervention program, "Reducing Risk: Outreach & Pretreatment for...
2009 Report or Paper A Recruiting and Hiring Manual for Addictions ProfessionalsA hiring manual and recruiting materials designed to help strengthen and diversify the profession of addictions treatment. This paper provides information designed to help understand the current challenges and future directions of the addictions... link
2012 Facts on Justice Across Ten U.S. Sites, Most Men Who Are Arrested Test Positive for Illicit Drugs
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    FOJ 2012, May
2013 Fact Sheet, Slides, Support Resource Aligning Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Expansion with the Courts and Justice AgenciesPresented to the Justice & Health Initiative (JHI) Provider Working Group, June 4, 2013   People under justice supervision are very likely to have substance use disorders, serious mental illness and/or chronic medical conditions...
2009 Article An Outcome Evaluation of a Treatment Readiness Group Program for Probationers with Substance Use ProblemsArticle published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation (November/December 2009, Vol. 48, Issue 8). From 2003 to 2008, TASC implemented the Reducing Risk: Outreach and Pretreatment for Probationers program (RROPP) in Cook County (Chicago),... link
2013 Article Anticipating the Impact of Health Care Reform on the Criminal Justice SystemPublished by the National Association for Court Management (NACM) in Court Manager (Spring 2013, Vol. 27, Issue 4), the article focuses on the implications and opportunities of health care reform for criminal justice systems, particularly with... link
2011 Article Article: Realizing the Potential of National Health Care Reform to Reduce Criminal Justice Expenditures and Recidivism Among Jail PopulationsArticle in Correctional Law Reporter. Authors: McDonnell, M., Brookes, L., Lurigio, A., Baille, D.
2012 Facts on Youth At-Risk Youth Participation in Arts Associated with Higher Rates of Volunteerism and College Completion
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    FOY 2012, June
2016 Report or Paper Building Bridges to Care from Correctional Systems to Healthcare in the CommunityThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, and policymakers who work on issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health. It describes the key components of a seamless system of care for individuals being...
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    Bridges to Care
2011 Report or Paper Case Management for Substance Abusing OffendersBook chapter in Handbook of Evidence-Based Substance Abuse Treatment in Criminal Justice Settings. Author: Rodriguez, P. In C. Leukefeld et al. (eds.), Handbook of Evidence-Based Substance Abuse Treatment in Criminal Justice Settings. Issues in...
Service Focus or Project CJDATS II Research on Clinical Assessment and Use of Information in Criminal Justice SitesWe are researching the role of clinical assessments in reducing drug use and drug-related recidivism among individuals in the criminal justice system, in partnership with TCU's Institute of Behavioral Research and through the Criminal Justice Drug...
Service Focus or Project CJDATS II Research on Use of Medication-Assisted Treatment in Correctional SettingsWe are examining the use of medication-assisted treatment in correctional settings, in partnership with TCU's Institute of Behavioral Research and through the Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies II (CJDATS II) initiative. Partner: Texas...
2013 Fact Sheet, Slides, Support Resource CMS Ten Ways SeriesThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a series of fact sheets that provide guidance tailored to various justice system stakeholders on how to connect individuals detained in jails, incarcerated in prisons, and on parole in...
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    Corrections
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    Court Systems
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    Jails
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    Probation & Parole
2016 Report or Paper Connecting Youth to Substance Use and Mental Health Treatment Upon Release from DetentionThis brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, and policymakers who work on issues related to youth, juvenile justice, and behavioral health. It explains how states can expedite the Medicaid application process for youth...
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    Connecting Youth
2012 Program Evaluation Cook County Mental Health Court Program: Outcomes and Cost Savings
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    CCMHC Outcomes
Training Criminal Thinking and Addiction ScienceCHJ conducts regional, national, and international trainings and webinars to support rapid dissemination and integration of the latest in addiction and justice research, including a series on criminal thinking.

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